March 28, 2023

YELLOW TRUCK

Yellow Cab Manufacturing Co. (1923-1925) 
Yellow Truck & Coach Manufacturing Co. (1925-1927)
Chicago, Illinois


This is believed to be a Yellocab truck radiator emblem (1924-1925) mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: Unknown

The Yellow Taxicab Manufacturing Company had been established in 1915 and by 1922, under the leadership of John Hertz, thousands of Yellow taxicabs had been built and Yellow Cab dominated the industry (see Yellow Cab). John Hertz also began to diversify into larger passenger vehicles and trucks.

A line of 3/4 to 1-ton capacity trucks, called Yellocab trucks, was introduced in 1923-1924, largely based on Yellow Cab components. The Yellocab truck was built in two versions, differing only in wheelbase length, with pneumatic tires on the shorter wheelbase version and solid rubber tires on the longer wheelbase version.

GM bought a majority share in Yellow in 1925. The four-cylinder Yellow Sleeve Valve Engine was introduced for Yellow trucks in 1925-1927 for a series of Yellow-Knight trucks, which were larger companions to the Yellocab truck line and increased the truck load capacity range up to 4-tons. Some six-cylinder OHV Buick powered truck models were added to the truck range in 1926-1927. All Yellow truck production ceased in 1927.

Emblems

The 3/4ton light duty Yellocab trucks produced in 1923-1927 did not carry a radiator emblem but did display the "Yellocab Truck" name on hood side nameplates, see example shown below. Original Yellocab Truck hood side nameplates are rare.

This is a Yellocab hood side nameplate (c1925)   michael

However, the 1-ton Yellocab truck models for 1924-1927 did carry a circular radiator emblem, see 1925 example shown below, although the detailed design of the emblem cannot be seen:

This is a 1-ton Yellocab truck with rad emblem (1925)  justoldtrucks

Some 1925-1926 Yellocab truck models had the emblem mounted on the right side of the radiator shell, probably because the licence plate was mounted on the top of the radiator, thereby covering the usual radiator emblem location, see example shown below:

This is a Yellocab truck with rad shell side emblem (1925)  justoldtrucks

It is believed that the emblems used for these early trucks were the yellow and black enamel Yellow Cab Manufacturing Company radiator emblems shown below. These emblems were later also used as Yellow Cab radiator emblems. These Yellocab truck radiator emblems are rare.

This is believed to be a Yellocab truck radiator emblem (1924-1925) mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: Unknown

This is believed to be a Yellocab truck radiator emblem (1924-1925) mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: Unknown

The following smaller, overpainted Yellocab truck emblem may have been used for mounting on the radiator shell side after the GM take over in 1925, but I cannot confirm this. This smaller Yellocab truck emblem is very rare.

This is a Yellocab truck emblem (c1925-1926)    mjs
Size: 50mm diameter   MM: None

The following are believed to have been used as Yellocab truck hub emblems. These Yellocab truck hub emblems are scarce.

This may be a Yellocab truck hub emblem (1923-1925)  mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: Unknown

This may be a Yellocab truck hub emblem (1925-1927)  mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: None

The following yellow, black and white enamel Yellow Knight radiator emblem, with a shield center depicting Sir Galahad, is believed to have been used for Knight powered Yellow truck models from 1926-1927. This Yellow Knight radiator emblem is very rare.

This is a Yellow Knight radiator emblem (1926-1927)   mjs
Size: 57mm diameter     MM: Fox

The following emblem is a mystery. It depicts the same shield with the Sir Galahad Knight but has no inscription. It is exactly the same size as the Yellow Knight radiator emblem shown above and has the same fixing holes. It has been suggested that this emblem may have been used on the six-cylinder OHV Buick powered Yellow truck models from 1926-1927, but this cannot be confirmed.  This Yellow Knight emblem is also very rare.

This is a Yellow "Knight" radiator emblem (1926-1927)  mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: Fox

The following detail from a Yellocab truck advertisement shows a Buick powered model but the detailed design of the emblem cannot be determined:

Buick powered Yellocab truck with rad emblem (1926-1927) coachbuilt

The following is a Yellow Knight truck hubcap showing the hub emblem:

This is a Yellow Knight truck hubcap (1926-1927)   dkc

If you can provide confirmed evidence of the emblems used for any Yellow trucks, please let me know, in order to update this post.









POPE-WAVERLEY ELECTRIC

Pope Motor Car Co. (1904-1908)
Indianapolis, Indiana 


This is a Pope-Waverley Electric emblem (c1907-1908)    mjs
Size: 92mm wide 35mm high    MM: None

The Waverley electric car (see Waverley Electric) was renamed the Pope-Waverley in 1904 at the same time as the introduction of the Pope-Hartford (see Pope-Hartford). The Pope-Waverley was built by the Waverley Department of the Pope Motor Car Company. 

There were up to ten different models of the Pope-Waverley offered each year, which was probably too many to be economic. Models included a variety of passenger models and commercials ranging from light delivery vans to truck chassis rated at 5-ton capacity. By 1907 the Pope Motor Car Company was in trouble and the Pope-Waverley was being continued in production under receivership. In September 1908 the factory was sold and the Pope-Waverley became the Waverley again.

Emblems

The Pope-Waverley Electric did not have a radiator and did not carry an external identifying emblem.

The "Pope-Waverley" name was displayed on a small, painted brass Pope-Waverley nameplate attached to the rear of the car or on the dash, see example shown below. This Pope-Waverley Electric nameplate is rare.

This is a Pope-Waverley Electric nameplate (1904-1908)   mjs
Size: 76mm wide 32mm high

The "Pope-Waverley Electric" name was also displayed on the hubcaps, see examples shown below:

Pope-Waverley Electric hubcap (1904)    rmsothebys

This is a Pope-Waverley Electric hubcap (1904-1908)  dkc

The painted metal Pope-Waverley Electric emblem shown above at the top of this post and again below is believed to have been displayed on some later Pope-Waverley models but I cannot confirm the dates of use. This Pope-Waverley Electric emblem is very rare.

This is a Pope-Waverley Electric emblem (c1907-1908)  mjs
Size: 92mm wide 35mm high    MM: None





MONITOR (1)

Monitor Automobile Works
Chicago, Illinois (1909-1910)
Janesville, Wisconsin (1910-1916)


This is a Monitor radiator script (1909-1916)    sam
Size: 85mm wide

The first Monitor in 1909 was a 18 hp two-cylinder two-passenger high-wheeler produced in Chicago. A four-passenger surrey model was produced for the 1910 model year. This model was also converted to a half-ton capacity, dual-purpose "Milk Wagon/Pleasure Car", an example of which won an endurance contest in Kansas City in January 1910. The Monitor plant was relocated to Janesville, Wisconsin later in 1910. 

The success of the dual-purpose Monitor encouraged the Monitor management to concentrate on commercial vehicles exclusively after 1911, including the half-ton two-cylinder, dual-purpose model and a four-cylinder 1-ton capacity truck, both offered in a variety of standard body types.

Emblem

The Monitor commercial vehicles carried a brass "Monitor" script mounted on the radiator core, as seen in the following Monitor advertisement from 1910:

Monitor commercial car ad showing radiator script (1910) ebay

Detail showing Monitor radiator script (1910)

The same Monitor radiator script continued after the move to Janesville, Wisconsin, see 1913 advertisement illustration shown below:

Monitor Model D showing radiator script (1913)     atj

This is the brass Monitor radiator script shown above at the top of this post. This Monitor radiator script is very rare.

It is believed that the brass Monitor script was also displayed on the radiator of the four-cylinder Monitor passenger cars but I cannot confirm this.

The "Monitor" name was also displayed on brass sill plates, see example shown below:

This is a Monitor sill plate (c1910)    proxibid
Size: 406mm wide 38mm high







March 23, 2023

LOZIER

Lozier Motor Co.
Plattsburgh, New York (1905-1910)
Detroit, Michigan (1910-1918)


This is a Lozier radiator emblem (1914-c1916)    mjs
Size: 49mm wide 38mm high   MM: Unknown

Henry Abram Lozier was a major bicycle manufacturer, who became bored with his business and asked his engineers to design a motor vehicle. In 1898 they built a steam car and a tricycle powered by a De Dion gasoline engine. Lozier sold his bicycle business, including the tricycle design, to the American Bicycle Company and in 1900 he set up the Lozier Motor Company in Plattsburgh to manufacture marine engines and launches.

A couple of steamers and a gasoline car were built between 1898 and 1901. In 1903 Henry Lozier died and his son Harry Lozier took over the business. Lozier and his engineers were not satisfied with the performance of American cars and made a detailed study of European motor cars and engines before building their new car.

The first Lozier automobile was a well designed and well built 30/35 hp five-passenger touring model, which made its appearance at the New York Automobile Show in January 1905  In 1907, the Lozier started racing, most notably with Ralph Mulford as driver. No other car at the time would win so many 24 hour races or break so many records. In 1908, a six-cylinder model joined the line of Lozier cars, which were offered in a variety of body styles. In 1910, Lozier won the Elgin road race and in 1911 Lozier took the Vanderbilt Cup and came second in the Indianapolis 500. The Lozier was one of America's most expensive cars and also one of the best.

By 1910, Lozier production had reached about 500 a year and Harry Lozier decided to reorganize his company and move production to a larger plant in Detroit. But it was a bad decision. By 1912 Harry was forced out of his own company and subsequently went on to build the H.A.L. car (see H.A.L.). 

The head of the Lozier company was now Harry J. Jewett, who was also head of Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company. Then things started to go wrong. Most of the key staff departed and there were further changes in management. A variety of new Lozier models were tried to improve sales but, although the Lozier was still one of the best cars on the market, it was too expensive. By late 1914 the Lozier company was in receivership. A group of financiers took over in 1915 and reduced prices but it did not work, and, despite more attempts to recover, it was all over by 1918.

Emblems

The Lozier Motor Company maker's nameplate shown below is inscribed "launches" and "gas engines" within the Lozier logo of a winged wheel. This Lozier nameplate dates from the 1900-1905 period before the first Lozier motor cars went into production and is rare.

This is an early Lozier nameplate (c1900-1905)   mjs
Size: 114mm wide 57mm high

The first Lozier motor cars did not display an emblem or a script on the radiator, see example shown in the following Lozier advertisement from January 1905:

Lozier advertisement (1905)  tha

Lozier showing no identification on the radiator (1905)  tha

However, the "Lozier" name was displayed on a brass Lozier nameplate attached to the side of the body under the entrance to the driver's seat, see example shown below:

This is a Lozier showing a body side nameplate (c1905)  ms

Close-up showing the Lozier body side nameplate (c1905)

This is the inscribed brass Lozier nameplate shown below, which was in use in various body locations up to about 1909. This Lozier nameplate is very rare.

This is a Lozier body side nameplate (1905-c1909)   mjs
Size: 168mm wide 33mm high    MM: None

The following Lozier factory illustration shows a 1907 Lozier still without any radiator emblem but showing the Lozier winged wheel logo, which would later be used as an emblem.

Lozier factory illustration showing the Lozier logo (1907) dpl

However, the "Lozier" name was inscribed on the brass sill plates from about 1908, see example shown below:

This is a Lozier sill plate (1908)    conceptcarz

The first Lozier radiator emblem is seen in original photos from 1909, see example shown below:

This is a Lozier with a radiator emblem (1909)     dpl

Close-up showing the Lozier radiator emblem (1909) 

This first Lozier radiator emblem appears to be a round emblem containing the Lozier logo and may be the round emblem shown below, which is seen on the radiator of a surviving Lozier Model 82 from 1915. The emblem is not correct for 1915 and was probably added much later and may be a surviving radiator emblem from 1909.  If a confirmed example of the first Lozier radiator emblem could be found, it would be extremely rare.

This may be the first Lozier radiator emblem (1909)   bonhams

Some 1909 Lozier models had a slightly longer version of the brass Lozier body side nameplate shown earlier above attached to the body sides, possibly similar to the earlier Lozier sill plate, see example shown below:

This is a Lozier showing a longer body side nameplate (1909)  dpl

Close-up showing the longer Lozier body side nameplate (1909)

Surviving Lozier cars dating from 1909 and later often display brass radiator scripts, see examples shown below:

Lozier Briarclff Model H with radiator script (1909)    ms

Lozier radiator script (c1911)    ms

However, although there are many original Lozier car photos from the 1909-1911 period, I cannot find any that show a radiator script, which suggests that these brass radiator scripts were not attached at the factory and are most likely to have been added later during restoration to give added interest. 

The Lozier radiator emblem was changed for 1910, see original photo shown below:

This is a Lozier radiator with new emblem (1910)    dpl

Close-up showing radiator emblem (1910)

Original photos in this period are in black and white, so it is not possible to confirm the original colors of what may be brightly colored enamel emblems. The following photo shows the Lozier radiator emblem on a surviving 1910 Briarcliff Model H Lozier:

Lozier Briarcliff Model H radiator emblem (1910)  bob grimm

The following Lozier radiator emblems are candidates for the emblems used in the 1910-1913 period, although I cannot confirm this absolutely. These Lozier radiator emblems are extremely rare.

This is a Lozier radiator emblem (1910-c1912)    ms
Size: Unknown  MM: Unknown

This is a Lozier radiator emblem (1910-c1912)    mjs
Size: 65mm wide 44mm high   MM: None

The "Lozier" name was also displayed on the hubcaps, see original period photo shown below:

Lozier hubcap showing pinned hub emblem (c1910) dpl

These early Lozier hub emblems were made of thick brass and were attached to the hub by two pins, as can be seen in the photo shown above. Later Lozier hubcaps had hub emblems pressed from relatively thin brass and soldered to the hubcap, see examples shown below. Original Lozier hub emblems are scarce.


This is a Lozier hubcap (c1912-1918)    dkc

This is a Lozier hub emblem (c1912)   mjs
Size: 58mm diameter

There are Lozier hub emblems that have been wrongly finished in enamel colors, see example shown below, which uses an early hub emblem with the original fixing holes filled before enameling. These Lozier hub emblems are sometimes incorrectly assumed to be Lozier radiator emblems.

This is a Lozier hub emblem wrongly finished in enamel  mjs
Size: 56mm diameter

Original photos of Lozier cars taken in the 1912-1913 period are almost absent and those that are found do not show a radiator emblem. Lozier factory illustrations and Lozier advertisements in the same period also do not show a radiator emblem, see examples shown below:

Lozier factory illustration showing no radiator emblem (1913) dpl

Lozier ad showing no rad emblem (1911-1913) Life

The Lozier was a very well made but very expensive automobile and it is possible that Lozier was trying to appeal to a wealthy clientele, to whom overt advertising and the use of emblems might appear unseemly. 

However, Lozier radiator emblems are seen in 1914. The following original photo of a Lozier car on tour in Scotland in 1914 shows a small rectangular radiator emblem:

Lozier touring car with rectangular radiator emblem (c1914)  dpl

Close-up showing the radiator emblem (c1914)   dpl

It is believed that this is the rectangular Lozier radiator emblem shown below. This rectangular Lozier radiator emblem was originally finished in blue and white enamel. It is possible that this Lozier radiator emblem was used for export models but I cannot confirm this. This Lozier radiator emblem is extremely rare.

This is a Lozier radiator emblem (c1914 dates uncertain)  caam
Size: Unknown     MM: Unknown
 

If you have a better photo of this Lozier radiator emblem, please let me know, in order to update this post.

From late 1913 for the 1914 model year, the Lozier radiator emblem used on most domestic models continued in the shape of the Lozier winged wheel logo, see example shown below:

Lozier Model 77 radiator emblem (1914)   bonhams

This is the blue, white, red and gray enamel Lozier radiator emblem shown below. This Lozier radiator emblem is very rare.

This is a Lozier radiator emblem (1914-1915)    mjs
Size: 49mm wide 38mm high    MM: Whitehead & Hoag

The blue, white and red enamel Lozier radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post and again below is also very rare:

This is a Lozier radiator emblem (1914-1915)    mjs
Size: 49mm wide 38mm high  MM: Unknown

The following is a blue, white, red and pale blue enamel color variation of the Lozier radiator emblem. If this is an original Lozier radiator emblem, it would be very rare.

This is a Lozier radiator emblem (1914-c1916)    kmc
Size: 50mm wide 38mm high   MM: Unknown

The following Lozier radiator emblems are believed to have been used in the final period of production of the Lozier before this ceased in 1918.

The blue and white enamel Lozier radiator emblem shown below is very rare:

This is a Lozier radiator emblem (c1916-1917)  mike earley
Size: Unknown     MM: Unknown

The following dark blue and white Lozier radiator emblem is usually found unused and is believed to be the very last Lozier radiator emblem. This Lozier radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Lozier radiator emblem (1917-1918)    mjs
Size: 58mm wide 29mm high   MM: None