Buffalo Electric Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to an automobile manufactured by the Buffalo Electric Carriage Company of Buffalo, New York between 1901 and 1906. The Buffalo Electric Carriage Company produced a wide range of electric vehicles. The 1903 Buffalo Electric touring car had a range of 75 miles per charge. The batteries were stored under the front hood and body of the car. The emblem has a white rim with the silver text, “THE BUFFALO ELECTRIC/BUFFALO, NY” with an image of a silver buffalo in the center of the emblem.
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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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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