Kline Kar Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Kline Kar automobile. The B.C.K. Motor Company was originally founded by Samuel Baily, Joseph Carrell, and James Kline in York, Pennsylvania in 1910. The company was purchased by a business conglomerate in Richmond, Virginia in 1912 and was reorganized as the Kline Motor Car Corporation. The company continued to produce a variety of models until bankruptcy in 1924. The black emblem has a silver rim and silver lettering that reads “TRADE/KLINE/KAR/MARK.”
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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Object Name
emblem, radiator
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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