When I was a kid, I read everything I could get my hands on. Literally. I read ingredients on the back of labels, I read any advertisement or article I could in a newspaper, magazine, or flyer
When we went on vacation, I was always allowed to go to the Bookstore at Morningside and pick out 5-10 paperback books to take with me on the trip. Sometimes on the way back, I was allowed to go to a mall or store and pick up more to read on the way back.
Many times, my parents would receive little “trinkets” that they would give to my sister or me. These might include calendars, flyers, anything!
One thing I did receive was a small credit card size calendar with all of the license plate prefixes on the back. Needless to say, I memorized this and to this day, I still see a car from Alabama, look at the tag and guess where that person is from.