Ohio Motor Vehicle Company Radiator Emblem


This radiator emblem belonged to a Ferris automobile that was manufactured by the Ohio Motor Vehicle Company of Cleveland, Ohio between 1920 and 1922. The Ohio Trailer Company became the Ohio Motor Vehicle Company in 1919, and began production of the Ferris in 1920. The car was named after Ohio treasurer William Ferris, but the post-war recession didn’t leave much room for the expensive assembled car. The circular metal emblem reads “The Ohio/Motor Vehicle/Ferris/Motor Cars/Cleveland, Ohio.”

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

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Credit Line: Hubert G. Larson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.325528.105Accession Number: 260303Catalog Number: 325528.105

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-8340-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_840398

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