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 indicated the type of engine and place of manufacturing. They also appealed to drivers sense of style and class by using iconic images and a few words.
This tour divides the Smithsonians collection of 278 radiator emblems into different groupings to demonstrate how similar objects can be interpreted to emphasize certain themes and relationships. Browse the collection of emblems. If you were a curator, how would you display them?