Owen Magnetic Radiator Emblem

In 1915 Ray Owen licensed the patent for Julus B. Entz's electric transmission to use in his automobiles. An unconventional hybrid, the Owen Magnetic used a gas engine to generate electricity to power the transmission. The electrical transmission was smooth, flexible, and required no gear changing, but it was expensive. The emblem has a black background with white lightning bolts radiating out from a red and gold center. The red center features an intertwined “OM” in white, encircled by a gold ring that reads “OWEN MAGNETIC” in black.
Radiator emblems are small, colorful metal plates bearing an automobile manufacturer's name or logo that attached to the radiators grilles of early automobiles. Varying in shape and size, the emblems served as a small branding device, sometimes indicating the type of engine, place of manufacturing, or using an iconic image or catchy slogan to advertise their cars make and model. This emblem is part of the collection that was donated by Hubert G. Larson in 1964.
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object