Some years ago, a new customer at Lenny Goldfarb’s Cedar Center Hardware store asked if Goldfarb would help install his new Ohio license plate. His old Delaware license plate was left at the store . Goldfarb left the plate on the counter for a while, and soon other customers started bringing in their old plates. After a year, he started displaying them. “It just snowballed from there,” Goldfarb says. He now has about 1,000 plates on display and another 1,000 in storage, including plates from all 50 states, every Canadian province, about half of all Mexican states, many plates from Indian reservations, Cuba, Guantánamo Bay, many Carrbibean islands and plates from Europe, Africa and the South Pacific. Goldfarb buys the plates on eBay, at flea markets and antique stores, but his favorites are the ones his customers bring in. The most elusive plates he seeks? . Ohio 1908/1909.
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