John L.Dolson & Sons (1902-1906)
Dolson Automobile Co. (1906-1907)
|This Dolson emblem is soldered onto the radiator tank top (c1906-1907) ms|
John L.Dolson & Sons were manufacturers of horse drawn vehicles but entered the automotive market in 1904 with a 15 hp two-cylinder touring car. A 30 hp four-cylinder model followed in 1905. In 1906 the company was renamed the Dolson Automobile Company. Dolson cars were very well made and had a reputation for strength and durability. In 1907 Dolson offered their most powerful car, a 60 hp four-cylinder model called the Cannon Ball Roadster.
|This is an early Dolson name tag (c1902) ms|
The first Dolson radiator emblems probably appeared in about 1905 or 1906, although I cannot confirm these dates. These emblems were in the form of small cast brass scripts soldered onto the radiator tank top and are very rare, see example above at the top of this post.
By about 1906 the Dolson also carried a larger Dolson script attached to the radiator core, as shown below.
|Original photo showing the Dolson radiator script (c1906) pcc|
|This is a slightly different Dolson radiator script (1907) ms|