Kansas City Car Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Kansas City Car that was manufactured by the Kansas city Car Company of Kansas City, Missouri between 1906 and 1908. In 1909 the company tried to reorganize as the Kansas City Wonder, before shuttering in the same year. The company produced two and four cylinder engine in runabout and touring car models. The emblem reads “THE KANSAS CITY CAR/KC/MOTOR/CAR CO./KANSAS CITY, MO./U.S.A.”
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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Hubert G. Larson
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