From the January 6, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois).
1916, 100 years ago: "The first new 1916 automobile license has arrived. It is on the car of Prof. Ritzman, head of the city schools, and his number is 1192.
The numbers this year are made of aluminum and are small and near plates the colors being black and white.
Wonder if they had to have vehicle emissions tests?
Even Back Then. --RoadDog