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Vulcan Manufacturing Company radiator emblem

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Vulcan Manufacturing Company radiator emblem
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Vulcan Manufacturing Company radiator emblem
Catalog #: 325,528, Accession #: 260,303
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The Vulcan was a cleanly designed light car that sold for $750. The company emerged during a period of rapid expansion in the automotive industry and was unable to stay competitive.
Physical Description

Dimensions (in mm): 5.4 L x 6.1 W x .3 D

Inscriptions: VULCAN VULCAN MFG CO PAINESVILLE OHIO (with image of fist holding lightning bolts)

Materials: metal

Colors: silver, white, red

Dates Used:
1913 - 1915
Painesville, Ohio
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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