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    Posted 4 months ago

    RichmondLori
    (391 items)

    Licensed Chauffeur 1951 Chicago, # 89379. the back is marked with some symbols, GREEN DUCK CO, CHICAGO.

    By the early 1950s, paper licenses had replaced badges, which were more expensive to produce. The rarest, most collectible chauffeur badges come from smaller states with fewer taxi operators, rather than those with metropolitan hubs like New York or California. (Cited from CW)

    1951 - 2,406,200 passenger vehicles are registered with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. Plates have maroon characters on a natural aluminum background. This is the only year that the state issues plates with an unpainted background.
    This is the last year that chauffeur badges are required of paid drivers and mechanics. The badges had been required since 1907. Green Duck Company of Chicago produces 250,000 badges at a cost of 81 cents a badge this last year. (NOTE FROM https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/special/plate_history/1950_1959.pdf:)

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 4 months ago
      Nice....more information on Green Duck in one of my recent posts..

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/303979-1960-huck-hound-for-president-pin

    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 months ago
      Such a great find Lori!! I also love your writeup for this.
    3. hotairfan hotairfan, 4 months ago
      great find .... great article. I like when posters give a full description of an item. Thanks for posting
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 months ago
      Had to go back after seeing this listed and had to really look, sometimes you just miss. Love this item !~
    5. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 months ago
      COOL!! Thanks for your showing with all the info, I know I've got one of these chauffeur badges someplace too...but *where*...?? <lolol>

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