The Walla Walla prison where the license plates were made burned in September of 1953. 54 base plates with County codes B, C, P, and CO survived the fire but were single plates made of steel. Since it was decided that pairs would be issued a replacement plate made by the Irwin Hodgeson of Portland Ore and sent out to owners of the original steel plates. Note the different FONTS used and the dash is missing between the 2 and 9. The top plate is the regular issue steel 54 base plate made at Walla Walla prison with 57 metal tab and the bottom is the replacement aluminum plate made my Irwin Hodgeson. Walla Walla resumed making plates possibly in late 56 with the introduction of the new Federal Standard plate for 57.