Customs: Liberty with License

U.S. citizens are beginning to attach more and more importance to a 6-in. by 12-in. piece of metal that is each man's uniquely private property: his auto license plate. And this means that for a growing number of families January is the crudest month. For that is when many new plates are issued, and it is getting so that there are not enough low numbers and letter combinations to go round—no matter what one may be willing to pay.

Take Connecticut, where for an extra $10 a driver may request a plate made up of two, three or four letters. The...

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