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Holly Sherburne is owner of Plate Poets Publishing and author of The Maine Plate: Maine Vanity License Plates and Their Meanings.

Sherburne’s career has included stints in microbiology, toxicology, web design and newspaper publishing. In 2006, she founded the award-winning Downeast Dog News, a monthly print and online newspaper for dog lovers in Maine, a business that she sold in 2009. Sherburne currently works as Director of Social Media at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

What began as a hobby photographing and deciphering personalized license plates led to an extensive collection of stories that family and friends encouraged her to publish in a book. This is Sherburne’s second book. In 2008, she published “The Ultimate Guide to Dog Parks, Beaches and Trail in Maine” [ISBN 978-0615274461].

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To purchase a high resolution image of a Maine vanity license plate to accompany a story or for another use, email myplate@themaineplate.com. We have more than 3,000 images available to cover just about any topic.