Beggs Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

Description
This radiator emblem came from a Beggs car manufactured by the Beggs Motor Car Company of Kansas City, Missouri that operated from 1919 until 1923. Like many early automobile manufacturers, Beggs was originally a carriage manufacturing company, producing a variety of carriages and wheels since 1875, and were well-known for their circus wagons. This red emblem has large white letters that reads “BEGGS” with a green “SIX” behind. Underneath is “Kansas City, MO.” In gold lettering.
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
Object Name
emblem, radiator
ID Number
TR*325528.024
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.024
subject
Transportation
Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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