The article on vanity license plates in the November 1986 Word Ways probably generated more reader response than any other article Word Ways ever published. Many readers wrote to send us their favorite specimens. John Henrick of Seattle, Washington sent us a whole published book by John and Barbara Dixon entitled The Plate Book: "Puzzle Plates" The New American Hi-Way Graffiti (Voler Publishing Company, Seattle; 1982), containing approximately 52,000 examples. In preparing this sequel to the first article, I Leaderer of Scarsdale, New York and Vernon MacLaren of Augusta, Maine. The latter pointed out that the subject is properly registration plates, not license plates, because they relate to the registration of the car, not the owner's ability to drive it.
Eckler, Faith W.
"All is Vanity,"
Word Ways: Vol. 20
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol20/iss3/4