E.A. Nelson Automobile Company Radiator Emblem

Emil A. Nelson was already an engineer with an impressive resume when he began his E. A. Nelson Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan in 1917. This radiator emblem would belong to one of his Nelson vehicles that was produced between 1917 and 1921, when the company went bankrupt. The emblem consists of an interlocking EAN logo, with the text “E.A. NELSON ENGINEER/DETROIT” around the rim.
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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