Courier Radiator Emblem (Sandusky Automobile Co.)

This radiator emblem belonged to a Courier automobile that was manufactured in Sandusky, Ohio. The Sandusky Automobile Company was the first to manufacture a Courier car, a runabout that was produced in Ohio from 1904 until 1905. Arrow Motors took over Maibohm Motors in 1922, and produced a Courier vehicle in several body models for one year in 1923. This emblem has a gold figure of mercury in the center on a black background, ringed in red that reads “COURIER/SANDUSKY, OHIO. U.S.A.” in gold, with a white 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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