Worthington Automobile Company Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Meteor automobile that was manufactured by the Worthington Automobile Company of New York, New York in 1905 and 1905. Many companies manufactured Meteor brand vehicles during the early 20th century. Worthington’s Meteor had a four-cylinder engine and sold for $2500 to $2950 depending on the body model. William Colt took over the company in 1905 and moved it to Cleveland to be reorganized as the Cleveland Motor Car Company. This emblem reads “"METEOR" CAR NO/WORTHINGTON/AUTOMOBILE COMPANY/NEW YORK.”
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
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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