H.C.S. Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to an H. C. S. automobile manufactured by the H. C. S. Motor Car Company of Indianapolis, Indiana between 1920 and 1925. Harry Clayton Stutz, original owner of the Stutz Motor Car Company, started H. C. S. after selling Stutz in 1919. The emblem consists of a winged United States shield, with the initial “H” on the left wing, “C” on the shield, and “S” on the right wing. 
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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