Maine has been a bit indecisive about their license plate identity over the years. My very first Maine plates, on my first car, were just plain black on white (this would have been back in 1987). Then I think they switched to the lobster, though for some reason those didn’t stick (my recollection is that it was cultural/political, or something. The people who did not live on the coast felt “not-represented” by the lobster plates). Then there were the loons – actually, the loons are specialty conservation plates, and you can still pay extra for them, so there are plenty of them around to look at and enjoy. We love the loons, too (in this case, the birds, really, as well as the plates…), I’m just not willing to pay extra for license plates.
Anyway, now the chickadee is the default plate, and we like it. When I told Ray that I wanted to write a blog entry about our new license plates, and was wondering if we had kept the Colorado plates, so I could post photos of both, he turned out to have thrown them out already. “I always hated those plates!”