Mid-America Plate Association

Region of ALPCA



The Automobile License Plate Collectors' Association, or ALPCA, was founded in 1954 by Cecil George, a Massachusetts psychologist, and Asa Colby, a postmaster in New Hampshire. Today, ALPCA is the world's largest and most respected license plate collectors' organization, with approximately 3,000 members from all walks of life, who live in all 50 U.S. states, throughout Canada, and in many other countries around the world.

The premier ALPCA event is the annual convention, which is held over four days every June or July at varying locations around the United States. A convention attracts many hundreds of ALPCA members, who bring probably millions of license plates of all ages and descriptions to display, trade, and sell. Smaller ALPCA events, called regional meets, are held throughout North America nearly year-round.

ALPCA members receive a top-notch bi-monthly magazine that's chock-full of license plate photos and stories, access to ALPCA's invaluable online archives, and instant respect and fellowship with other like-minded people.

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As far as I can remember, the first time Illinois collectors ever got together was in someone's backyard in Oak Brook in 1963. Then in the mid1960's, we had several meets at Russell Poole's place in Polo. Howard Rasmussen of St. Charles sponsored several meets and all the while we were calling our informal organization various names. One was ILPCA (Illinois Plate Collectors Association), another incorporated the letters LOL (Land of Lincoln).

In 1970 we hosted the ALPCA convention in St. Charles. More than 100 collectors came which was a record at that time. In 1972 we came up with the name MAPA and started sending in reports on our meets to the ALPCA newsletter. It looked like we were finally underway but by 1974, for reasons I can't remember, MAPA slumped. We continued to have meets but they were small.

Art Currie of Salem Il got things going again and by 1977 we had another national meet in Illinois. Well, we've been going strong ever since then and thanks to Tom Baur, Rose and Daryl Williams, Joey Hurd and some others for picking up the pieces and getting formally organized.