Liberty Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Liberty automobile that was manufactured by the Liberty Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan from 1916 until 1923. Each Liberty automobile had a six cylinder engine, and came in a variety of body models including touring cars, roadsters, sedans, town cars, coupes, broughams, and limousines. The red, white, and blue shield-shaped emblem reads “LIBERTY” in gold with “Reg U.S. Pat. Off.” in gold.
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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