Nash Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Nash automobile that was manufactured by the Nash Motors Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin sometime during the 1920s or 1930s. Nash produced quality automobiles and its prudent management allowed it to weather the economic pitfalls of World War I and the Great Depression that caused many manufacturers cease production. Nash ceased operation in 1954 when it merged to become the Nash-Kelvinator. This shield-shaped radiator emblem is divided into quarters, with the 1st and 4th decorated with gold scales, and the 2nd and 3rd golden rays, and the text “Nash” in the center.
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
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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