REO Radiator Emblem

Description
This radiator emblem belonged to an REO automobile manufactured by REO Motor Car Company around 1920. This vehicle takes its name from the initials of its founder, Ransom Eli Olds, who left Oldsmobile to start his own company in 1905.
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.
ID Number
TR.325528.202
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.202
Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Radiator Emblems
Transportation
Road Transportation
Exhibition
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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