Franklin Radiator Emblem

The H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company originally produced die casts in the 1890s, but in the early 1900s Herbert H. Franklin was intrigued by designs for air cooled engines and began producing the Franklin automobile. Franklin manufactured car's from 1902 until 1934. Notably, all Franklins had air cooled engines.
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.
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Hubert G. Larson
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Radiator Emblems
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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