Ohio Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to an Ohio automobile that was first manufactured by the Jewell Carriage Company in 1909, before reorganizing as the Ohio Motor Car Company in 1910. The company operated out of Cincinnati, Ohio and had its factory in Carthage. Ohio produced automobiles until 1912, when its name was used as a model for the new Crescent Motor Car Company. Ohio automobiles were mechanically unspectacular, but was a pioneer in naming their year models. The year 1912 featured such snappy models as the Clifton, Euclid, Avondale, and Grandin. The pentagon-shaped emblem reads “OHIO” is raised lettering.
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
ID Number
accession number
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
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Radiator Emblems
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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