May 21, 2022

KEYSTONE

H. C. Cook & Bros. (1914-1915)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


This is a Keystone radiator emblem (1914-1915)    mjs
Size: 45mm diameter     MM: Unknown

The Keystone was designed by Charles C. Snodgrass and built by H. Cook & Brothers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Keystone was a 55 hp six-cylinder automobile offered as roadster and touring models. The Keystone was announced in October 1914 but disappeared soon after in 1915.

Production numbers are not recorded but are likely to have been very low.

Emblem

The green enamel radiator emblem shown above is extremely rare.






KRIT

Krit Motor Car Co. (1910-1915)
Detroit, Michigan


This is a KRIT radiator emblem (1912-1914)    mjs
Size: 53mm diameter   MM: None

The name Krit came from the name of the designer, Kenneth Crittenden, who established the Krit Motor Car Company in 1909. The first Krit cars were introduced as 1910 models and were initially spelled "K-R-I-T". Krit cars won several hill climb events in 1910, which gave good initial publicity. 

Krit cars were introduced as 22.5 hp four-cylinder vehicles offered in runabout. roadster and surrey body styles with an underslung model introduced in 1911. For 1913 only, the four-cylinder Krit engine size was increased to 25 hp and a 36 hp six-cylinder model was also offered. The Krit initially enjoyed a good export trade to the UK and elsewhere but this was disrupted by the onset of the War in Europe.

The 1912 Krit Model K chassis was used as the basis for the Krit Model KD closed delivery van. There was also a Krit Model L delivery van produced in 1914.

The company was in financial trouble soon after its formation. The company changed ownership in 1911 and capitalization was increased but this was unsuccessful and a further reorganization took place in 1914 but the company was bankrupt by 1915.

Emblems

The first K-R-I-T cars appearing in 1910 did not carry an emblem but did display a brass "K-R-I-T" script attached to the radiator core, see original 1910 factory illustration and 1910 brochure cover shown below:

K-R-I-T factory illustration (1910)   bhl

K-R-I-T brochure cover (1910)   bhl

The following is a brass K-R-I-T radiator script. Original K-R-I-T radiator scripts are rare.

This is a K-R-I-T radiator script (1910-1915)     mjs
Size: 232mm wide

K-R-I-T advertisements in early 1910 showed the "K-R-I-T" script logo and a swastika in a circle inside a diamond, which was used as the hub face, see examples shown below:

This is a K-R-I-T ad showing hubcap design (1910)

Close-up showing K-R-I-T hubcap (1910) 

This shows an early K-R-I-T hubcap (1910)   sonicbidder

This is an early K-R-I-T hub face (c1910)   mjs
Size: 61mm diameter

Later in 1910, the first K-R-I-T radiator emblem appeared, following the design used on the hubcaps, see original photo shown below:

This is a K-R-I-T with radiator emblem (1910)    dpl 

This K-R-I-T radiator emblem was originally painted to show the detailed design, see restored example shown below. This K-R-I-T radiator emblem is very rare.

This is a K-R-I-T radiator emblem (1910-1912)   ms
Size: 68mm wide 68mm high    MM: Unknown

Original period photos of K-R-I-T cars indicate that some models continued without a radiator emblem through 1911 and the radiator emblem shown above is seen to continue into 1912.

The following Krit factory illustration of a 1912 Krit Model K, for example, shows the first radiator emblem still in use and a new design of hubcap, which has the swastika on a circular hub face but without the diamond shaped background:

This is a Krit Model K (1912)    bhl

Close-up showing rad emblem & hubcap (1912)    bhl

The following shows an example of a Krit hubcap face with the swastika within a circle:

This appears to be a Krit hub face (date unknown)   sam
Size: 62mm diameter 

The striking white and blue enamel Krit radiator emblem shown below appeared on Krit cars for the 1912 model year. This Krit radiator emblem is much sought after by emblem collectors and is very rare. 

This is a Krit radiator emblem (1912-1914)
Size: 53mm diameter    MM: None

This Krit radiator emblem has two holes but the emblem was not riveted to the radiator. It was soldered to the radiator and the holes were originally filled with false rivets, see example shown below of the emblem soldered to a radiator on a surviving 1912 Krit Model A:

Krit Model A radiator emblem with false rivets (1912)  bonhams

Emblem collectors should beware, as there are reproduction Krit emblems, usually finished in red, white and black enamel, see two different examples shown below:

This is a reproduction Krit emblem    ms

This is a reproduction Krit emblem   ms

The "Krit" name and logo was also displayed on the sill plates of Krit motor cars where these were fitted, see example shown below:

This is a Krit sill plate (1912)    bonhams

Following the 1914 reorganization of the company, the brass Krit radiator was replaced by a black painted round top radiator, which did not carry an emblem, but the "KRIT" name was displayed on a radiator script. This arrangement is clearly shown in the 1914 Krit brochure illustration below:

Krit brochure illustration showing radiator and script (1914)  ms

The black radiator with a script but no radiator emblem is also seen in the following original Krit photo from 1914:

Krit car with black painted radiator and no emblem (1914)  wheelsage

This type of radiator continued to be used without an emblem until the end of Krit production in 1915.

I am not sure about the use of the following black painted, pressed metal, K-R-I-T emblem. This Krit emblem may have been used as a radiator emblem on the 1914 Krit Model L delivery van but I cannot confirm this. If you can identify this K-R-I-T emblem, please let me know, in order to update this post. This K-R-I-T emblem is very rare.

This is a K-R-I-T emblem (date uncertain)    mjs
Size: 131mm wide 43mm high   MM: None


LYMAN & BURNHAM

Lyman & Burnham (1903-1905)
Boston, Massachusetts


This is a Lyman & Burnham maker's nameplate (1903-1905) mjs
Size: 62mm wide 24mm high

The Lyman & Burnham was a water-cooled, two-cylinder gasoline powered five passenger, rear-entrance touring car. The car was offered in four horsepower versions from 10 hp to 24/26 hp. The business was closed in early 1905. Total car production is not known but is likely to have been very small with only seven cars listed in Massachusetts automobile registrations from 1905.


Emblem

The Lyman & Burnham did not carry an emblem but did display the "Lyman & Burnham" name on a small metal manufacturer's nameplate, see example shown above. Original Lyman & Burnham manufacturer's nameplates are very rare.





 

HENNEY

John W. Henney & Co. (1916-1927)

Henney Motor Co. 
Freeport, Illinois (1927-1954)

Canastota, New York (1959-1960)


This is a Henney Packard hood side trim emblem (1939-1942)  mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: None

The Henney family had been in the wagon and buggy building business for many years, starting in 1868 and then with the Henney Carriage Company in 1879 and followed by the Henney Buggy Company in 1912. The John W. Henney Company was established in 1915 and began to build truck bodies. A motorized Henney funeral coach was introduced in late 1916 built on an assembled chassis and powered by a six-cylinder Continental engine. By the early 1920's, Henney was one of the best known names in the funeral car trade in America.

Between 1921 and about 1932, in addition to funeral cars and ambulances, Henney built about 30 limousine and sedan passenger cars to custom order, as well as a production run of 50 sports phaetons. In 1929, Henney also produced 100 taxicabs on a stretched Model A Ford chassis and in 1930 to 1931 came the magnificent Henney convertible sedan car, only four of which were built and these were the last of the Henney passenger cars. 

The company was renamed the Henney Motor Company in 1927, the same year as the introduction of the highly successful NU-3-Way coach, a funeral car with a three-way casket table, which could be loaded from either side or the rear. The same NU-3-WAY table was also used on Henney ambulances.

By 1934, Henney abandoned the assembly of their own chassis and concentrated on bodywork built on chassis from other manufacturers, including Cadillac, Lincoln, Oldsmobile, Packard and Pierce-Arrow. From 1937, Henney used Packard chassis exclusively until the Henney professional car business finally closed in 1954.

The Henney Motor Company had a factory in Canastota, New York, where Henney joined the National Union Electric Corporation to build the first transistor-regulated electric car, the Henney Kilowatt. 47 of which were made in 1959-1960.

Emblems

In 1916, the Henney Buggy Company was a branch of the Moline Plow Company and was building commercial vehicle bodies on Ford chassis, see advertisement shown below:

Henney commercial body ad (1916)   ebay

These commercial vehicles carried a Henney tag at the rear, similar to the  example shown below. These Henny Buggy Company tags are rare.

This is a Henney Buggy/Moline Plow tag (1912-1916)     mjs
Size: 65mm wide 18mm high
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The following metal John W. Henney radiator emblem was used on Henney funeral cars and other vehicles in the 1920's up to 1927 and may have been used from 1916 but I cannot confirm this. This Henney radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Henney radiator emblem (poss 1916-1927)   mjs
Size: 58mm wide 44mm high   MM: Unknown

The following Henney hubcap emblem was displayed in the early 1920's:

This is a Henney hubcap (early 1920's)    dkc

Close-up showing the hub emblem 

The following painted, cast aluminum Henney Motor Company emblem was used as a hub emblem from the change to the Henney Motor Company in 1927 but I cannot confirm the date range. This Henney hub emblem is scarce.

This is a Henney hub emblem (1927-c1930 date uncertain) mjs
Size: 72mm wide 57mm high    MM: None

It is possible that the Henney Motor Company emblem shown above was also used as the radiator emblem but I cannot confirm this. 

The following is a Henney Nu-3-Way funeral coach emblem used from 1927 and was possibly mounted inside the vehicle. This Henney emblem is scarce.

This is a Henney NU-3-WAY emblem (1927-date uncertain) mjs
Size: 58mm wide 33mm high   MM: Grammes

The Henney radiator emblem was changed in about 1931 to the following painted, cast metal design. This Henney radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Henney radiator emblem (c1931)    mjs
Size: 115mm wide 39mm high   MM: Unknown

The following appears to be the equivalent Henney trunk emblem. This painted, cast metal Henney trunk emblem is scarce.

This appears to be a Henney trunk emblem (c1931)   mjs
Size: 180mm wide 42mm high   MM: Unknown

In the 1930's, the Henney hubcap used the same hub emblem as for the early 1920.s, see example shown below:

This is a Henney hubcap (1930's)   forums.aaca

A surviving 1932 Henney Model 10 funeral car displays a round painted radiator emblem, which is also seen on this same vehicle's hubcaps, see photo below:

Henney Model 10 hearse with radiator emblem (1932)  conceptcarz

This Henney radiator emblem is questionable and is believed to be a Henney hub emblem incorrectly used during restoration.  

From 1934, Henney ceased using its own chassis and built funeral cars and ambulances on other chassis, see the 1936 Henney Pierce-Arrow "Arrowline" ambulance example shown below, which has a Henney Pierce-Arrow emblem at the base of the radiator, although the emblem detail is difficult to see from the photo.

Henney Pierce-Arrow ambulance (1936)    wmcc 

Close up with emblem at base of radiator (1936)

This is the painted metal Henney Pierce-Arrow emblem shown below. This Henney Pierce-Arrow emblem is rare.

This is a Henney Pierce-Arrow emblem (c1936)   mjs
Size: 96mm wide 60mm high   MM: Unknown

From 1937, Henney used Packard chassis exclusively for its funeral cars and hearses. In 1939, Henney professional vehicles using an extended Packard Super Eight chassis carried a red Henney emblem in place of the usual Packard hood side trim emblem, see example shown below: 

This is a Henney Packard Super Eight funeral car showing hood side trim emblem (1939)  bonhams

Henney Packard Super Eight hood side trim emblem (1939) bonhams

This same Henney emblem was used on the hood sides of Henney Packard Landaulet models through 1942, see example shown below:

Henney Packard Landaulet Funeral Coach with hood side emblem (1942)   ms

This is the red enamel Henney emblem shown above at the top of this post and again below. This Henney emblem is scarce.

This is a Henney Packard hood side trim emblem (1939-1942)  mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: None

This emblem has been seen painted in unusual colors, see below. This emblem is part of an emblem collection made in the 1930's and very early 1940's. I cannot confirm that this emblem was used on a Henney vehicle.

This is a painted Henney emblem (date uncertain)   sam
Size: 57mm diameter   

Henney Packard professional vehicles also displayed the "Henney" name on a metal emblem mounted behind the rear access step, see below:

Henney ambulance showing rear step & emblem (1940) nhaa

Henney rear step emblem (1939)  bonhams

This is the Henney rear step emblem:

This is a Henney rear step emblem (c1937-1954)   mjs
Size: 152mm wide 52mm high   MM: None

Some later Henney Packard funeral car and ambulance models displayed the "Henney" name in script form mounted low down on the front body side, see example shown below:

Henney Packard landaulet funeral coach with body side script (1954)     wmcc 

Henney ceased building professional cars in 1954 but in 1959, Henney built the Kilowatt electric car based on the Renault Dauphine, see example shown below. Only 47 Henney Kilowatt cars were built, mostly sold to electric utilities companies.

Henney Kilowatt showing hood emblem (1959)    wi

This is a painted cast Henney Kilowatt hood emblem. This Henney Kilowatt hood emblem is very rare. 

This is a Henney Kilowatt hood emblem (1959-1960)  flickr
Size: 90mm wide 80mm high    MM: Unknown









MAPLE LEAF TRUCK

General Motors of Canada Ltd. 

Walkerville, Ontario (1930-1933)
Oshawa, Ontario (1933-c1952)


This is a Maple Leaf truck radiator emblem (1933-1936)   mjs
Size: 60mm wide 41mm high   MM: Unknown

The Maple Leaf truck was basically the Chevrolet heavy duty truck made by General Motors of Canada Ltd. and was initially intended mainly for the Canadian market. The first models, introduced in 1930, were 1-1/2 to 2-ton capacity models and were called Chevrolet Heavy Duty trucks.

The Maple Leaf name was used from about mid-1933. Pre-1947 Maple Leaf trucks were intended for export to British Commonwealth countries, as well as for the Canadian market, and most of those sold outside Canada were assembled in Australia and New Zealand.

After about 1952, Maple Leaf trucks were re-designated GMC trucks.

Emblems

The 1-1/2-2-ton capacity Chevrolet Heavy Duty truck model, introduced in Canada in 1930, carried the following blue and white enamel "Heavy Duty Canada" radiator emblem with a Maple Leaf motif. This Chevrolet truck radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Canadian Chevrolet truck radiator emblem (1930-1931) mjs
Size: 78mm high 78mm wide   MM: D L Auld

The Canadian Chevrolet truck radiator emblem was changed to the familiar bowtie shape in 1932. The new emblem was the blue, white and red enamel "Heavy Duty" radiator emblem shown below. This Chevrolet truck radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Canadian Chevrolet truck radiator emblem (1932-1933) mjs
Size: 76mm wide 27mm high   MM: D L Auld

From mid 1933, General Motors Canadian heavy duty trucks were 2-2-1/2-ton capacity models based more closely on the GMC truck design but still powered by Chevrolet engines. The new trucks were named Maple Leaf and carried a new oval shaped emblem folded to fit the v-shaped radiator, together with Maple Leaf hood side nameplates, see restored 1935 Maple Leaf truck shown below:

Maple Leaf truck showing radiator emblem & hood side nameplate (1935) bc vintage truck museum

The radiator emblem is the red, white and blue painted Maple Leaf radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post and again below. This Maple Leaf truck radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Maple Leaf truck radiator emblem (1933-1936)   mjs
Size: 60mm wide 41mm high   MM: Unknown

There was also an enamel version of this Maple Leaf radiator emblem, which is also rare. 

The following is an example of the Maple Leaf truck hood side nameplate seen on a restored surviving 1935 Maple Leaf truck. Original Maple Leaf truck hood side nameplates are rare.

This is a Maple Leaf hood side nameplate (1933-1936)  flickr
Size: 435mm wide 74mm high   MM: Unknown

For 1937-1938, the Maple Leaf truck radiator grille emblem was the same as for US Chevrolet trucks and the hood side nameplate was revised with the Maple Leaf motif contained within the borders of the nameplate, see example shown below:

Maple Leaf truck restored hood side nameplate (1937-1938) ripituc

The Maple Leaf truck hood side nameplate was changed slightly in 1939 and continued in use through 1946, see example shown below. This Maple Leaf hood side nameplate is scarce.

This is a Maple Leaf hood side nameplate (1939-1946)  lktec
Size: 427mm wide 40mm high   MM: Unknown

The Maple Leaf 3-ton capacity models introduced in 1941 also carried an oval painted "3-ton" plate on the lower rear of the hood sides, see example shown below:

Maple Leaf 3-ton truck hood side nameplates (1941-1946)  alamy

From 1947, Maple Leaf trucks displayed US Chevrolet hood front emblems and a new rear hood side "Maple Leaf" nameplate, see example shown below, which was used until c1952 for the 2-1/2-ton capacity models and until 1950 for the 3-ton capacity models:

This is a Maple Leaf hood side nameplate (1947-c1952)  lktec
Size: 230mm wide 40mm high

The Maple Leaf 3-ton capacity truck models displayed a similar hood side nameplate after 1950 , which was inscribed with "Three Ton", see example shown below:

This is a Maple Leaf 3-ton truck hood side plate (1951-c1952)
mystarcollectorcar

I am most grateful to Dennis Nielsen for his advice regarding the dates of use of Maple Leaf emblems. Any errors in my interpretation of this advice are entirely down to me.