Nov 13, 2015


The LANGE truck was built in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1912  to 1932.
It was a conventional assembled truck. First they offered trucks with a capacity of 1- to 2-tons.
From 1923 on they offered 3-ton trucks. There is only one kind of LANGE truck emblem  known and that is very similar to the famous FORD  Model A badge. I don´t known which emblem was the first.

very large LANGE truck emblem

Dimensions13.0 cm x 6.0 cm 
Year1912 - 1932

LANGE truck of the twenties: with a little bit of fantasy you see the radiator emblem

just to show the different sizes

For more beautiful truck and car emblems see top right  ( list of car makers ).

Nov 9, 2015


The ELYSEE truck was made by the M.P. Moller Motor Car Company in Hagerstown from 1929 to 1932.               They offered a 15 and  a 30 cwt capacity truck.
These were stylish vehicles and they  had a very stylish emblem showing the Greek God Mercury with a parcel under the left arm.  You have to look years for this nice emblem.

on the parcel you can read:  delivery de luxe

       6,3  cm      
 1929 - 1932 


the original emblem was made by: ROBBINS CO ATTLEBORO MASS

          For more information see my chapter:  Manufacturers of enamel emblems (list top right ).

As it is rare and beautiful Harry Pulfer offered a repro that was made in Hongkong.
The repro is much smaller and missing a lot of details. Look at your own:

on top:  repro by Harry Pulfer        down: original

                      For more beautiful car emblems see top right ( list of car makers ).

Oct 27, 2015


The MOLINE DREADNOUGHT was a model of the MOLINE Automobile company founded in East Moline, Illinois in 1904.   They were successful  in the Chicago reliability run and their slogan was: The Car of Unfailing service.  Apart from that the car lacked any specific outstanding feature - excluding the model´s name DREADNOUGHT together with the corresponding emblem:

a five star +  emblem with incredible details

Dimensions 10.3 cm x 7.1 cm
Year1912 - 1914

The emblem resembles the side view of a (pre-) WWI battleship. The class was named "Dreadnought" after the first ship of its type, H.M.S. Dreadnought, finished in Great Britain in 1906. The ship and it´s class meant no less than a revolution in warship-building. Superior in speed, range and especially caliber of heavy guns, the introduction of the Dreadnought-class meant that whole fleets of competing sea-going nations where outdated from one day to another. A veritable arms race started around the globe to obtain ships with the Dreadnought´s capabilities. "Dreadnought" became a synonym for the most powerful nations overall. That is the most likely explanation why a car building factory adopted the term and symbol to promote one of its cars.
Judging from the silhouette  - three funnels, rear and front cone towers - the ship displayed seems to be one of the South Carolina class put to service from 1910 onward.

This emblem is one of the most wanted radiator emblems of all American Prewar cars.

No wonder it was - as many others - reproduced in the 1960s by Harry Pulfer ( see chapter on Harry Pulfer). The technique he used did not allow to display the ship in relief such as the original. The reproduction is flat-surfaced and misses more details as the bow and stern wave. Nevertheless more than $ 600 have been paid for the reproduction, maybe the buyer mistakenly took it for an original.

repro made in the nineteensixties by Harry Pulfer

MOLINE emblem with contemporary advertisement

In 1914 the new model the MOLINE KNIGHT was offered showing another extraordinary radiator emblem.

For more beautiful radiator emblems see top right  ( list of car makers ).

Oct 3, 2015


The GUILDER was a development  of the GOODWIN truck in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The GUILDER appeared  as a make on its on right in 1924 using Hercules, Buda and Continental engines.
Later they specialized in three axles trucks especially for FORD, INTERNATIONAL and AUTOCAR.
Production was never high and they closed in 1936 so you have to look years for this emblem.

large truck emblem ( no reproduction known)

 7.6 cm 
 1934 - 1936


flat reverse without makers mark

truck with three axles
For more beautiful truck and car emblems see top right  ( list of car makers ) !


The HANDLEY - KNIGHT Company of Kalamazoo started car production in October 1920.
HANDLEY - KNIGHT declared itself  "America´s Finest Knight - Motored Car", although they used the well known WILLYs Knight motor as well.
In November 1922 was noticed that no further Knight engines were needed. The new HANDLEY with a conventional engine was introduced in January 1923 but production was stopped still in early 1923 as the CHECKER Cab Company bought the factory.
The production figures are unknown.
You have to look years for this rare emblem

You read in latin  BONA FIDES on this emblem:  what you have said about yourself is true

 3.9 cm x  6.6 cm
 1920 - 1923 


reverse with makers mark from  BASTIAN BROS. CO

HK emblem on contemporary ad

For more beautiful emblems see top right  ( list of car makers ) !


The company was established by Eddie Rickenbacker, a former racing driver and hero of WW I.
He lent his name but the real driving force was the triumvirate that earlier created the E-M-F:
Barney Everitt, William Metzger and Walter Flanders.

In 1922 the first Rickenbacker automobile  was presented at the New York automobile show and they sold 2,262 cars this year. Their best year was 1925 with more than 8,000 cars, but the last year (1927) only 517 cars were built.         In six years 25,000 cars were sold.

On each emblem you see a top hat inside a ring.

first RICKENBACKER radiator emblems

  5.5 cm x  4.3 cm  
 1922 - 1923


 emblem  from RICKENBACKERS bestseller: nearly 20,000 cars were sold with this emblem

Dimensions  7.0 cm x 4.3 cm 
Year 1926 -1927

flat reverse without makers mark. Pay attention there are repros

there was also a RICKENBACKER 8 emblem

 11.9 cm x  5.8 cm
 1926 - 1927 


For more beautiful car emblems see top right  ( list of carmakers ).

Sep 20, 2015


Mr. Emile PILAIN, the man who constructed the first ROLLAND - PILAIN, offered -  at his own risk  - a small car with a 4-cylinder engine  in 1930. The factory was near Paris. Only few cars were built so you have to look years for this winged emblem.
In 1931 the production was stopped after a production of 150 cars only.

emblem in the shape of an radiator with wings

 14.0 cm x  4.4 cm
 1930 - 1931 


the proof:   EP emblem on contemporary advertisement

For more beautiful car emblems see top right ( list of car makers ).


Before building cars this company was in the birdcage business (look at the birds on the emblems !) .                       The first car was offered in 1901.
The Pierce-Great-Arrow won the Glidden Trial in 1905, the name PIERCE - ARROW being introduced in 1909.         The cars of 1914 - 1923 were very large and expensive and prestigious.
In 1923, a smaller and less expensive car (the Model 80) was introduced , but an unusual deficit forced a merger with STUDEBAKER in 1929. Their best year was 1929 with more than 10,000 cars built.

Two pieces emblem. No makers mark

6.8 cm x  4.7 cm
 1927 - 1930


1927 emblem with original advertisement

From 1910 to 1932 there was a PIERCE - ARROW truck division. The range was from 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 tons. In 1927 they introduced the PIERCE FLEET ARROW WAGON using the the engine and other components from the Series 80 passenger car.
Here you see the wonderful emblem:

large truck emblem
Dimensions 9.8 cm x 5.2 cm
Year1927 - 1930

reverse with makers mark:  D. L. AULD

In 1928 the first PIERCE ARROW engine with 8 cylinders was offered.

there was also a round emblem with a 12
Dimensions12.5 cm x 6.0 cm 

In 1931 the first PIERCE ARROW with a 12 cylinder was offered (the Model 51 and 53).

very small emblem for a 12-cylinder car

Dimensions4.5 cm x 1.8 cm 

DIXIT ET FECIT that means:   He said and did
6.5 cm


Two pieces emblem. No makers mark

11.5 cm x  6.9 cm


For more beautiful car emblems see top right ( list of car makers ).

Aug 23, 2015


In 1929 the MOON Motor Car Company introduced the brand new car called the "White Prince of Windsor". The royal three-feathered crest appeared on the radiator emblem.
The Buckingham Palace was not amused and the MOON Company had to change the name to WINDSOR only  and the emblem now showing a fantasy figure on a green white shield.

Here I present you this hard to find  lovely pair of emblems:

see the royal crest

 5,0 cm x  5,9 cm
 1929 - 1930 


reverse of two original WINDSOR emblems

For more beautiful car emblems see top right ( list of car makers ).