Dorris Radiator Emblem

Dorris Radiator Emblem

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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.
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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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