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Crawford Automobile Company radiator emblem, Dagmar

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


Crawford Automobile Company radiator emblem, Dagmar
Catalog #: 325,528, Accession #: 260,303
In collection
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 Mölller's daughter.
Physical Description

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

Inscriptions: CRAWFORD AUTOMOBILE CO. HAGERSTOWN, MD. U.S.A Dagmar

Materials: metal

Colors: light blue, dark blue, red, white, gold

Details
Dates Used:
1922 - 1927
Locations:
Maryland
Note:
Hagerstown, Maryland
Credit:
Gift of Hubert G. Larson
History
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.

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