Washington Motor Co. Radiator Emblem

This emblem (accession file notes it is a hub cap emblem) belonged to a Washington automobile manufactured by the Carter Motor Car Corporation of Hyattsville, Maryland between 1909 and 1912. Washington produced a variety of car body models including a roadster, touring, tourabout, and a baby tonneau with four-cylinder engines. This pentagon-shaped emblem has a black diamond design with a black banner that reads “WASHINGTON” in silver 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.
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Hubert G. Larson
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National Museum of American History


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