Standard Steel Car Company Radiator Emblem

This Standard Steel radiator emblem belonged to an automobile manufactured by the Standard Steel Car Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania between 1916 and 1921. Standard Steel had been in the railroad industry, manufacturing steel and composite railway carriages and wagons, before turning to automobiles. The emblem has a red keystone with “STANDARD” in gold across its center. The blue rim of the emblem reads “STANDARD STEEL CAR CO/PITTSBURGH PA.” in gold text.
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.
Currently not on view
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object