Aug 04 2009

Film- The First “E-Z” Passes- The Porcelain Plates of the Motor Parkway

From 1913 to 1937, the Long Island Motor Parkway Inc. issued porcelain annual-fee plates to permit unrestricted year-round use on the Motor Parkway. It is likely these plates were the first "E-Z" passes, allowing cars to pass toll gates without stopping. This two-minute film documents the various designs of the Long Island Motor Parkway plates.

Frequent users were assigned the same number each year. Look for the following notable plates in the film:

#25 (1927,1928,1934): Assigned to National Highway Association

#158 (1932): Assigned to E.F. Hutton

#100 (1937): Assigned to William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

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Aug 12 2009 Al Velocci 7:36 PM

Howard, Loved the toll plate piece, if visitors to your site want more info on the toll plates check out my article in the Spring 2000 issue of the Long Island Forum magazine.  It can be found in most Long Island libraries. Al

Aug 15 2009 Howard Kroplick 11:14 PM

Hi Al:

Thanks! You are the LIMP plate expert. With your permission, I will post the article on the website this month.


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