Bell Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Bell automobile that was manufactured by the Bell Motor Car Company of York Pennsylvania from 1916 until 1921. The Bell was an “assembled” automobile, as its components came from a variety of manufacturers and were assembled at the Bell factory. The circular blue emblem has an image of the Liberty Bell in the center, and a white rim reads “BELL MOTOR CAR CO./YORK, PA. USA.” in silver text.
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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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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