Wayne Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Wayne automobile that was manufactured by the Wayne Automobile Company of Detroit, Michigan between 1904 and 1908. The car was named after Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne, whose portrait appeared on some of the car’s emblems. This brass emblem simply reads “WAYNE/AUTOMOBILE CO./MODEL NO./DETROIT, MICH.”
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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