Mitchell Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Mitchell automobile manufactured by the Mitchell Motor Car Company of Racine Wisconsin sometime between 1904 and 1923. Early Mitchell automobiles had the “Mitchell” name in script as a radiator emblem, so this emblem may have come from a later model. Like many early automobile manufacturers, the company of Mitchell and Lewis had been wagon builders since 1834 before turning to auto building in the early 1900s. The company produced a variety of models until the factory closed in 1923, at which time Nash bought the facilities. This radiator emblem features a central oval of blue enamel with the text “Mitchell” in white script. The oval has upper and lower white enamel cartouches that read “Racine” at the top and ‘Wisconsin/USA” at the bottom.
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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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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