Hudson Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

Description:

The Hudson was created by Roy D. Chapin and financed by J. L. Hudson, who was the head of a large Detroit-based department store of the same name. The Hudson Motor Car Company's high sales figures were mostly due to the inexpensive model line of the Essex. In 1954 Hudson joined with Nash to form the American Motors Corporation. The Hudson name was dropped in 1957. This triangular white emblem reads “HUDSON” in blue, with “MOTOR CAR CO/DETROIT/MICH./USA” in silver.

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.

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Radiator Emblems, America on the Move, Transportation, Road Transportation

Exhibition: America On The Move

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Hubert G. Larson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.325528.126Accession Number: 260303Catalog Number: 325528.126

Object Name: emblem, radiatorOther Terms: emblem, radiator; Road; Automobile

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-7bcf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_840088

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