Locomobile Radiator Emblem

This emblem belonged to a Locomobile auromobile manufactured during the early 20th century. Locomobile marketed steam powered cars from 1899 until 1903 when it switched to cars with gasoline engines. The Locomobile steam runabout had a 14 inch boiler under the driver's seat that had to be refilled with water every 20 miles. Locomobile trademarked more than a dozen "loco" vehicle names, including Lococycle, Locolaunch, Locoracer, Locotrap, and Locohack.
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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Radiator Emblems
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America on the Move
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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