Marmon Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem was belonged to a Marmon automobile that was produced by the Marmon Motor Car Company between 1926 and 1933. Marmon automobiles had been produced since 1902 by the Nordyke & Marmon Company of Indianapolis, which had manufactured flour mill machinery since 1851. Marmon was notable for winning the first ever Indianapolis 500 in 1911, as well as being the first car to use a rearview mirror. In 1926 the company sold its flour business to focus on automobile manufacturing. This emblem is a metal oval, with blue enamel lettering that reads “MARMON.”
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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Object Name
emblem, radiator
ID Number
accession number
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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