Essex Super Six Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to the Essex Super Six automobile that was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1927 and 1932. The Essex line was introduced by the Hudson Motor Car Company as a budget car. It was a best seller and pushed Hudson's sales up to an eventual ranking of 3rd in U.S. production. The hexagon-shaped badge has a silver rim with a black enamel background that reads “Essex/Super/Six/USA” in white.
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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America on the Move
Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
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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