Essex Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to an Essex automobile that was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1919 and 1932. The Essex line was introduced by the Hudson Motor Car Company as a budget car. Available for $1,295 in 1922, it was a best seller and pushed Hudson's sales up to an eventual ranking of 3rd in U.S. production. This badge has a read enamel background, with a white rim and white lettering that reads “ESSEX/MOTORS/DETROIT/USA.”
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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