Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Interesting Pontiac badge

Anonymous email:
I know its a Pontiac late 50's early 60's . It is original chrome metal with a bolt on back .If there is anything else you can add such as how much it is worth . thank you

This badge fits a 1937 Pontiac rear bumper.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Rare wartime Desoto trunk badge

From Joe Blair: Hi. I have been trying to identify this piece for sometime and have had no luck. I would appreciate it very much if you would help me. Thanks

Badger: We sold an emblem like that some time ago. We listed it as a 1942 Desoto Trunk emblem. Here's a picture of the emblem restored.
It uses a translucent blue and white enamels and the metal has a gold plated finish. You can view the old listing at: http://emblemagic.com/40s_&_up.htm

Monday, June 1, 2009

Can this be a car badge?

From George:

I found this emblem at a thrift store. It has a hand written label that says it is an item that was attached to a car radiator of the 1920's-1930's. It is all metal, smooth surface, is 4" wide by 3.75" high. Is there anyway you can tell me if this is a true car emblem, and of which car and if it is worth anything?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

What kind of Chevy?

Rex writes: "I was wondering if you could help me id an old Chevy emblem. Stamped on the backside are the letters HURD or HURB."

Badger: I don't have any certain ideas, although I would guess it looks like it might be found on a 40's vintage Chevy product. If you recognize this emblem, be sure to post a comment below. What sort of vehicle, car or truck, what year, what model and the location of the emblem would all be great helps!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Significance of the Dodge Star Emblem

Dr. Yo See writes; "Can anyone tell me the significance of the six pointed star (star of David) on the emblem of the '39 Dodge ?"

Badger: I'm not sure I can picture which '39 Dodge emblem you are referring to, but early Dodges did use a 6 pointed star as a logo. This picture of an unrestored original, dating from the '20's is a classic example of the Dodge emblem, used with styling changes through 1938.

Over the years I have heard various explanations from my customers. The one that seems most likely to me, is the one that says the Dodge brothers used 2 Greek letter Deltas, which translates into the letter "D." They interlocked the Deltas to form the Star. The Dodge brothers were not Jewish. However, their arch-rival Henry Ford was a notorious Anti-Semite, so some have conjectured that this star would further antagonize Ford. In any event, Chrysler bought the Dodge Brothers company around 1928, and maintained the logo through 1938. 1938 is an interesting year however, as Dodges (especially trucks) that were sent over to Europe as export models, had their own version of the famous Dodge emblem. In the revised emblem, the star was converted to a single triangle by the deletion of the downward pointing triangle. Of course one can't help remembering that Nazi Europe would have found the regular Dodge Star unacceptable, and so is most likely the reason for this export only edition of the emblem. (I've restored a couple of these anomalous '38 Dodge emblems.) But the issue was obviated in 1939 when Dodge adopted the Ram symbol in their emblems.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This emblem appears on a tissue dispenser, most likely from a car, possibly from the 50's. Gerry is looking for an ID on this crest. Is it for a car, or something else?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

This emblem was submitted by Ron for identification. I have no idea on this one.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Inaugural post and launching of this Blog

Emblem collectors, searchers, sellers and aficionados finally have a place to gather for all the latest news, upcoming events, auctions, sales, and interesting factoids and trivia that relate to emblems. Of course, we suppose most people will want to hear about and discuss automotive emblems, and yours truly has his "advanced degrees" in Automotive Emblemology, and his immersion in the commercial world of emblems has given him an unparalleled breadth of experience and interest as well.

But to be successful in this little blog, we will need help from you, gentle reader. We are interested in your comments on any good tidbits relating to the World of Emblems. It can be questions on identifying an emblem, appraising an emblem, finding emblems, collecting emblems, and so on, as your interest dictates.


To kick things off I am including the picture to the left, submitted by Kevin in an email. He knows it's from a Hudson car, but wonders where it was used, and on what year and model. I've never seen the emblem either, but would guess that it is from an early 50's Hudson steering wheel hub. Anyone else have any ideas?