McFarlan Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a car manufactured by the Macfarlan Motor Car Company during the early 20th century. The McFarlan Motor Car Company was an offshoot of the McFarlan Carriage Company, building automobiles from 1909 through 1928. Although most of the cars were produced by assembling parts from other manufacturers, McFarlans are not usually considered assembled vehicles due to the care and detail the company paid to each car.
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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