Corbin Motor Vehicle Company Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Corbin automobile that was manufactured by the Corbin Motor Vehicle Company of New Britain, Connecticut from 1905 until 1912. The radiator emblem reads “CORBIN/MOTOR VEHICLE CORPORATION/NEW BRITAIN, CONN., U.S.A./PATENTED/MODEL 30 CAR NO. 3097.” The Model 30 was sold in 1911 and 1912, dating the emblem to around this time.
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
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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