Murray Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

This Murray radiator emblem belonged to a Murray automobile that was manufactured by the Murray Motor Car Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania between 1916 and 1920. In 1921 John J. McCarthy purchased a stake in the company, changing the name to the Murray-Mac Car Company. The company produced a variety of automobiles in various body models. The metal emblem reads “MURRAY MOTOR CAR CO./MURRAY/PITTSBURGH, PA. 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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