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jhodgson
Gnat's post on $5 San Francisco 1934-A notes had me wondering how many plates were used to print the LB block.  A review of BEP plate records shows the following for $5 San Francisco Series 1934-A plates:

Plates 52-146 were assigned
Plates 52-114, 144, 145 were used from Sep 22, 1943 -Jan 23, 1946
Plates 142-146 were used from Jun 27, 1946 to Jul 24, 1946
115-141 were canceled as unused on Dec 31, 1946

The first 1934-B plates were used Feb 27, 1946.  The first serial number for 1934-B notes was L94536001A.  Therefore, it is likely all plates used before Jan 23, 1946 were used to print notes in the LA block.

Now the question is, what serial numbers were printed from plates 142-146?  Were any sheets used from these plates used to print high serial number LA notes?

I have two 1934-B LB notes, L00201820B and L01026674B.  It would be interesting to see what the range is for these notes.

My best LB:

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EarlySmallSizeFanatic
L94536001A was printed March 07, 1946 and L04644000B on October 19, 1946
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jhodgson
I just checked Heritage archives.  $5 1934-B L01928952B is from plate 181.  This plate was used once, from Jun 27, 1946 to Jul 24, 1946, the same period as 1934-A plates 142-146.

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jhodgson
Heritage archives shows Series 1934-A L01995151B, from plate 146.

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gnat
I have the following 1934A Serial Numbers and plates noted:

L00201820B  D143
L00574898B  B145
L00793914B  F144
L01995151B  A146
L03126901B  G146
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jhodgson
Glad you kept a census on these, so six recorded.  Tougher than I realized!

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historyfrk219
What plates were used on the early 1934-B printings?

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jhodgson
All 1934-B print ranges.  Many plates had shorter period on the press than shown due to plate wear, but the ranges are clear to make out shown below.

Feb 27, 1946 - Mar 26, 1946  147-150, 153-158, 160-162
Feb 27, 1946 - Apr 23, 1946  163-167, 169-171
May 22, 1946 - Jun 6, 1946  147-150, 153-155
Jun 24, 1946 - Jul 24, 1946  147-149, 154-158, 160-167, 169-183
Sep 24, 1946 - Oct 29, 1946  148-150, 155-156, 160-167, 169-170

1934-B plates range from 147-183. Plates 151, 152, 159, 168 canceled as unused.

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historyfrk219
Wow, very interesting Jim. Thank you!

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gnat
Interesting plate information.

Here are two 1934B SF $5s, both with front plate 149, spanning both the LA and LB blocks.

One is L95340286A  J149 (not mine)
2nd is L02967122B  H149 (mine)

This makes sense from what was posted, as this plate looked to have been in service for a long time.

BTW, this is the lowest plate # I've seen on a 1934B LB Block.
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jhodgson
My lowest face plate:
5FRN1934-B  L98372099AK1481614

My highest face plate:
5FRN1934-B  L00330105BC1761570

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EarlySmallSizeFanatic
Makes sense that the last 1934A notes (LB blocks) are tough.

There were not many collectors in 1946, the war had just ended, and this was the beginning of the post war boom and everyone had to have the latest gadgets.

No cars were made from mid 1942 until the 1946 model year so people were buying new cars as well.

1946 started with the last 1934A notes, saw the rise and fall of 1934B and ended with 1934C (SF $5's), ineresting year.
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