Grant Six Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Grant Six automobile that was manufactured by the Grant Motor Car Company in Cleveland, Ohio from 1912 until 1913. The car was designed by Henry Elmer, who moved his automobile operation from Elkhart to Cleveland to produce the Grant Six, with backing from the Grant-Lees Machine Company. The car had a six-cylinder, 50 hp engine and sold for $2750. This oval radiator emblem has a blue enamel background with the raised lettering “GRANT/SIX” in the center. The rim of the badge is colored red and reads “MFG. BY GRANT MOTOR CAR CORP./CLEVELAND, OHIO,. U.S.A.”
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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Object Name
emblem, radiator
ID Number
accession number
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
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Radiator Emblems
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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