Crawford Dagmar Radiator Emblem

Description
This radiator emblem belonged to the Dagmar automobile that was manufactured by the Crawford Automobile Company from 1992 until 1923 in Hagerstown, Maryland. M. P. Möller, a pipe organ builder, founded the Crawford Automobile Company in 1904. Crawford produced a limited number of vehicles, no more than 275 cars made in a given year. The emblem has a central decoration of the Royal Danish Coat of Arms on a light blue background, topped with a crown. The purple outline around the emblem is embossed with the text “CRAWFORD AUTOMOBILE CO. HAGERSTOWN, MD./DAGMAR.”
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
emblem, radiator
ID Number
TR*325528.068
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.068
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Radiator Emblems
Transportation
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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