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Apperson Radiator Emblem

Apperson Radiator Emblem

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This radiator emblem belonged to an Apperson automobile that was manufactured by the Apperson Brothers Automobile Company of Kokomo, Indiana sometime between 1904 and 1926. The four cylinder Jack Rabbit automobile was one of Apperson’s more popular vehicles, and the Jack Rabbit was used in their promotional materials from 1909 onward. This emblem likely dates to post 1909, and features a leaping jackrabbit over the text “Apperson.”
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
Object Name
emblem, radiator
ID Number
TR.325528.016
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.016
Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
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Radiator Emblems
Transportation
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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