Jenkins Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Jenkins automobile manufactured by the Jenkins Motor Car Company of Rochester, New York between 1907 and 1912. The company was founded by J. William Jenkins, originally a shoe maker, and produced a variety of models from $2500 to $4200 before selling his factory. The emblem reads "JENKINS MOTOR CAR CO./ROCHESTER, N.Y. U.S.A./NO.”
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 emblems is part of the collection that was donated by Hubert G. Larson in 1964.
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Hubert G. Larson
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