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Crawford Automobile Company radiator emblem
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Crawford Automobile Company radiator emblem, Dagmar

Crawford Automobile Company radiator emblem
Catalog #: 325,528, Accession #: 260,303
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
M.P. Möller, a pipe organ builder, operated the Crawford Automobile Company. Crawford produced a limited number of vehicles, no more than 275 cars made in a given year. In 1922 a sporting model was introduced and named the Dagmar after Möller's daughter.
Physical Description

Dimensions (in mm): 6.0 L x 6.0 W x 1.0 D

Inscriptions: CRAWFORD AUTOMOBILE CO. CRAWFORD HAGERSTOWN, MD. U.S.A (over image of Maryland's shield)

Materials: metal

Colors: red, white, blue, silver, black

Dates Used:
1905 - 1923
Hagerstown, Maryland
Gift of Hubert G. Larson
Radiator emblems were colorful metal plates with a manufacturer's name or logo that attached to the radiators of early automobiles. Varying in shape and size, but never more than a few inches across, the emblems were small branding devices. As vehicles became more popular in a national market, people began associating the company name and logo on different vehicle models with a specific manufacturer. Radiator emblems sometimes indicated the type of engine or place of manufacturing. Other times they appealed directly to a driver’s sense of style and class by using iconic images or a catchy motto.
Related People, Places, and Events
Hubert G. Larson
In 1964 Hubert G. Larson donated a collection of 278 radiator emblems to the Smithsonian.

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