Meteor Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Meteor automobile that was manufactured by Meteor Motors, Incorporated of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1919 until 1922. The Meteor was an assembled luxury car that sold for around $5,000 depending on the body style. The emblem has a large star in the center and reads “Meteor Motors Inc./Philadelphia” around the rim.
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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