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Lexington Minute Man Radiator Emblem

Lexington Minute Man Radiator Emblem

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This radiator emblem belonged to the Minute Man automobile manufactured by the Lexington Motor Company of Connersville, Indiana from 1916 until 1925. The Lexington Motor Company was founded in 1909, in Lexington, Kentucky before moving to Connersville. It harkened back to its bluegrass roots with the Thoroughbred model, but used the association of Lexington and Concord to name its Minute Man model (a Concord model was also produced). The emblem features a cut-out image of a Minute Man holding a musket set into a circular frame inscribed “LEXINGTON MINUTE MAN.”
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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Object Name
emblem, radiator
Other Terms
emblem, radiator; Road; Automobile
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Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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