Rotary Six Radiator Emblem

Description
This radiator emblem belonged to a Rotary Six car that was manufactured by the Bournonville Motors Company of Hoboken, New Jersey from 1921 until 1923. The company was founded by Eugene Bournonvile, a Belgian who owned a patent on a rotary valve engine. The upscale car sold for six thousand dollars, but it did not sell well, and the company folded after a few years. The black emblem has silver lettering that reads “The Rotary Six.”
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
emblem, radiator
ID Number
TR*325528.211
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.211
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Radiator Emblems
Transportation
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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