License plates

In many countries by the end of the 19th century registration of motor vehicles started. In many places this was just a local registration within cities or sometimes some larger government, but very near the beginning of the 20th century a national form of registration had emerged in many European countries.

Numbers on license plates in Freie Stadt Danzig started with letters DZ with up to four digits. Letters and digits were black on white background. License plates in Danzig were in german standards and had three different shapes: rectangular, quadrat and (early version) quadrat with cutted upper corners. They were in official use between 1919 and 1939.

License plates:



The history of the oval plates began somewhere at the beginning of 20th century in Europe. By 1910 this was introduced in 12 European countries: Austria (A), Belgium (B), Bulgaria (BG), France (F), Germany (D), Hungary (H), Italy (I), Monaco (MC), the Netherlands (NL), Russia (R), Spain (E) and the United Kingdom (GB). In 1911 followed Luxembourg, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland. Before the first world-war it was also introduced in Portugal (1912), Greece (1913), Montenegro (1913) and Danmark (1914). Shortly after the war followed Finland (1921), Poland (1921), Czechoslovakia (1922), Danzig (1922), Norway (1922), Liechtenstein (1923), Ireland (1924), Lithuania (1925) and Saarland (1925). Freie Stadt Danzig had letters DA on the oval plate.

Oval plate:

Freie Stadt Danzig

License plates in Danzig

There were no car factory in Danzig but few companies produced car bodies. Below you can see one of such products:

Three busses that went to Sopot (Zoppot) and Pruszcz (Praust):