Crow-Elkhart Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

Description
This radiator badge belonged to a Crow-Elkhart automobile manufactured by the Crow-Elkhart Motor Car Company of Elkhart, Indiana. The company was incorporated by Martin Crow in 1909 and operated until 1924. Crow-Elkhart produced a variety of different car models during its period of production including coupes, sedans, touring cars, and roadsters. This red and white heart-shaped emblem has a red center decorated with a silver elk’s head. Around the head is silver lettering that reads “Crow/Elk/Hart.”
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.
Location
Currently not on view
ID Number
TR.325528.066
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.066
Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
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Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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