Dorris Radiator Emblem


This radiator emblem belonged to a Dorris automobile that was manufactured by the Dorris Motor Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri between 1906 and 1926. Dorris produced a variety of automobile models including a touring car, roadster, coupe, and a phaeton that ranged in price from $2500 to $5500. This diamond-shaped emblem has a white rim, a black background, and reads “DORRIS” in white 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.

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Radiator Emblems, Transportation, Road Transportation


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Credit Line: Hubert G. Larson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.325528.080Accession Number: 260303Catalog Number: 325528.080

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


Record Id: nmah_840225

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