This is a terrific example of the dark red version of the "Alamo" service plates used by the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad -- the MK&T or "Katy."
The center design is a beautifully detailed depiction of the Alamo, a Spanish mission constructed in 1718, which played a significant part in the American Southwest and its efforts to accession what would become the State of Texas. The Alamo is most well known for the siege in 1836, in which Mexican forces at last overwhelmed a Texian rebel force that included former U. S. Congressman Davy Crockett and the famous Jim Bowie.
This stunning big plate is a full 10 inches across. CONDITION is lovely with strong bright color and no runs or fading . There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs.
It is important to note that this red version (also called "Sloan") was ordered only TWO times by the MK&T, in 1948 and again in 1950. A total of only about 300 plates were made - making them a very scarce find. While other colors carried railway markings on the undersides, the red Sloan was never railroad marked. This plate is bottom stamped CC-2 (1948), making it one of the first group ordered.
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