DeTamble Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to an automobile manufactured by the DeTamble Motors Company in Anderson, Indiana that operated from 1908 until 1913. DeTamble originally began putting together one-off cars in Indianapolis by 1906, but moved to Anderson to begin full-scale production. The oval emblem has a white background with a gold rim. The center reads “DeTamble” in black script, with the text “De Tamble Motors Co. Anderson, Ind.” underneath in gold.
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 emblems is part of the collection that was donated by Hubert G. Larson in 1964.
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Hubert G. Larson
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