October 19, 2019

DODGE BROTHERS/DODGE

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Co. (1914-1928)

Dodge Div. Chrysler Corp. (1928-1998)

Dodge Div. Chrysler Group (1998-present)

Detroit, Michigan


This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (1914-1916)     ms
Size: 57mm diameter  MM: Unknown (some Grammes)

The Dodge brothers, John F. and Horace E., had a machine shop in Detroit and had made a fortune suppling engines, transmissions and axles to Ransom E. Olds and Henry Ford. They then decided to make their own automobile called Dodge Brothers. The first Dodge Brothers car left the factory in November 1914. It was a sturdy 35 hp L-head four-cylinder automobile and was America's first mass-produced automobile with an all-steel body. The car was immediately successful with 45,000 units built in 1915, the best first year production for a new car in America up to that time. In 1916 Dodge stood in fourth place in the industry and were in second place by 1920.

The Dodge brothers both died in 1920 and the company's fortunes began to fall and went through a series of owners. The Dodge Senior line was introduced in 1927 and the Standard Six in 1928 when Walter P Chrysler bought the company. The company moved from 13th place up to 7th place within a year of Walter Chrysler's management. By that time the Dodge Brothers cars were mostly six-cylinder models. The transition from Dodge Brothers to Dodge took place around 1930. Gradually, Dodge moved into a specific niche within Chrysler's multi-divisional corporate framework: Chrysler as the top-market car, Plymouth the mass-volume car, and the Dodge and DeSoto in between. A straight-eight Dodge was offered from 1930 to 1933 with sixes only being produced from 1934 until the Second World War. Dodge was restyled for the 1939 model year with the Luxury Liner series.

Dodge continued after the war in a variety of engine sizes and model names. The first Dodge V-8 engined cars appeared in 1953 and in the early 1960's Dodge introduced the Lancer and the Dart. Other successful Dodge models included the Charger in 1965 and the Caravan series in the 1980's. Dodge extended its muscle car position with the introduction of the Super Bee and the Daytona and in 1992 with the Viper. The highly successful Dodge Ram pickup appeared in 1993 and still continues (as of 2018).

Dodge also built commercial vehicles from 1916, initially these were Dodge Brothers passenger car chassis with light truck bodies. Dodge took a controlling interest in the truck makers Graham Brothers in 1921 and took them over completely in 1927. Dodge developed a wide range of commercial vehicles over the years, including trucks, delivery vans, ambulances, funeral cars, taxicabs, fire engines and tankers. By the end of 1975 all heavy-duty Dodge trucks were discontinued and production concentrated on light and medium-duty vehicles most recently based on the Dodge Ram.

Emblems

The first Dodge Brothers cars carried a round, black, white and blue enamel radiator emblem with interlocking triangles and entwined letters "DB" in the center. The emblem also has tiny inverted triangles between the words ".Detroit.U.S.A.", see example shown above at the top of this post. This Dodge radiator emblem is scarce.

There are various possible explanations for the meaning of the symbols used in the Dodge Brothers emblem design. The most likely explanation is that the interlocking triangles represent two Delta symbols (the Greek Delta symbol is our letter "D") with the entwined letters "DB" representing the close personal and business links between the two Dodge brothers. The global background seems to represent the worldwide ambitions of the Dodge Brothers.

There are a number of variations of early Dodge Brothers radiator emblems, some appear to be deliberate, others may have been due to production errors or the result of small changes to emblem dies by different emblem makers.

Some variations of the first Dodge Brothers radiator emblem are shown below. These Dodge radiator emblems are rare:

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (c1914-1916)     mjs
Size: 57mm diameter    MM: Unknown

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (c1914-1916)      mjs
Size: 57mm diameter    MM: Unknown

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (c1914-1916)      sam
Size: 57mm diameter    MM: Unknown

If you can identify when and where any of these Dodge Brothers radiator emblem variations was used, please let me know, in order to update this post.

From 1917, the tiny inverted triangles between the words ".Detroit.U.S.A." were changed to dash marks, see example below:

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (1917-1925)     mjs
Size:57mm diameter   MM: Unknown

The following photo shows a variation of this Dodge Brothers radiator emblem with a different world background:

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (1917-1925)    mjs
Size: 57mm diameter     MM: None

The following variation has the letters "DB" in black instead of blue, possibly due to a production error. This Dodge radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (c1917-1925)     dnc
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: Unknown

The following photos show another variation of this emblem. The emblem is somewhat smaller in diameter, has a different color arrangement, a different arrangement of the dashes and has a significant domed shape. This Dodge emblem is very rare. If you can identify when and where this Dodge Brothers emblem was used, please let me know, in order to update this post. 

This is a Dodge Brothers emblem (c1917-1925)      sam
Size: 48mm diameter   MM: Unknown

This view shows the central domed shape of the emblem

The following is a Canadian version of the Dodge Brothers radiator shown earlier:

This is a Canadian Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (1917-1925)     mjs
Size: 57mm diameter     MM: Unknown

The following Dodge Brothers emblem was mounted on the center of the spare wheel carrier on models fitted with disc wheels:

This is a Dodge Brothers spare wheel carrier emblem (1925-1928)     mjs
Size: 57mm diameter   MM: None


The following Dodge Brothers radiator emblem with all black interlocking triangles and central entwined "DB" letters was introduced on some models from mid-1925 for the 1926 model year. This Dodge Brothers radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (1926)      mjs
Size: 57mm diameter     MM: Unknown

The following is the Canadian version of the Dodge Brothers radiator emblem shown above, but the central interlocking triangles and entwined "DB" letters are in dark blue instead of black. This radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Canadian Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (1926)    mjs
Size:57mm diameter     MM: Unknown

The following all metal Dodge Brothers radiator emblem was introduced from mid-1926 for the 1927 model year.

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (mid 1926-mid 1927)     dnc
Size: 57mm diameter      MM: Unknown

The following smaller all metal Dodge Brothers radiator emblem was used on cars made in the period from July- December 1927 for the 1928 model year. This Dodge Brothers radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge Brothers radiator emblem (1928)      mjs
Size: 41mm diameter   MM: Unknown

The dark blue and white enamel Dodge Brothers Senior Six radiator emblem shown below was introduced in May 1927 and used for model years 1927-1928. This Senior Six radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge Brothers Senior Six radiator emblem (1927-1928)    mjs
Size: 47mm high 47mm wide   MM: Unknown

The following Dodge Brothers emblem may have beeen used on the Senior Six but I cannot confirm this. If you have details of the actual use of this emblem, please let me know, in order to update this post.

This may be a Dodge Senior Six emblem (date unknown)      mjs
Size: 88mm wide 50mm high     MM: Unknown

This Dodge Brothers emblem can also be found nickel plated, see example below:

This may be a Dodge Senior Six emblem (date unknown)     kmc
Size: 88mm wide 50mm high     MM: Unknown

The following small Dodge Brothers Victory Six nameplate was attached to the top center of the radiator core just below the edge of the radiator shell on some early Victory Six production models for 1928. This Victory Six nameplate is rare.

This is a Dodge Brothers Victory Six radiator nameplate (early 1928)     mjs
Size: 77mm wide 14mm high

Other Dodge Brothers Victory Six models carried the blue, white, red and black enamel radiator emblem shown below:

This is a Dodge Brothers Victory Six radiator emblem (1928-1929)     mjs
Size: 128mm wide 48mm high    MM: Fox

Dodge Brothers Standard Six models initially carried the blue enamel radiator emblem shown below. This Standard Six radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge Brothers Standard Six radiator emblem (1928-1929)     mjs
Size: 49mm high 33mm wide    MM: Unknown (some Fox)

Dodge Brothers Standard Six cars produced from July 1928 were marketed as "1929 First Series" and carried a more elaborate version of the Standard Six radiator emblem, see example shown below. This Standard Six radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge Brothers Standard Six radiator emblem (1929)     mjs
Size: 49mm high 33mm wide    MM: Unknown (some Fox)

The Dodge Brothers Senior Six radiator emblem was changed in late 1928 to the blue enamel emblem shown below:

This is a Dodge Brothers Senior Six radiator emblem (1928-1929)     mjs
Size: 45mm high 34mm wide     MM: Unknown (some Fox)

The following blue enamel Dodge Brothers emblem was mounted on the hub cap center on models with wire-wheels. This emblem was also used sometimes used on the gasoline tank caps on these models.

This is a Dodge Brothers wire-wheel hub center emblem (1928-1929)     mjs
Size: 65mm diameter   MM: None

The Dodge Brothers Series DA Six and Series DD Six models carried a pale blue and black enamel radiator emblem and a plated metal Dodge 6 radiator script, see examples shown below. These Dodge Brothers Six emblems are scarce.

This is a Dodge Brothers Six radiator emblem (1929-1931)    mjs
Size: 90mm wide 36mm high    MM: None (some Burwood)

This is a Dodge Brothers Six radiator script (1929-1931)     mjs
Size: 124mm wide  60mm high

The Dodge Brothers Series DC Eight model carried a pale blue and black enamel radiator emblem and a plated metal radiator script, see examples shown below. These Dodge Brothers Eight emblems are scarce.

This is a Dodge Brothers Eight radiator emblem (1930-1931)     mjs
Size: 50mm high 28mm wide    MM: Fox (some D L Auld)

This is a Dodge Brothers Eight radiator script (1930-1931)     mjs
(originally plated)    Size:
 133mm wide 78mm high   MM: Fox

Dodge Brothers had produced light commercial vehicles using passenger car chassis and emblems since 1916.

In the 1920's Dodge Brothers took a controlling interest in Graham Brothers, who built trucks for Dodge Brothers. Dodge Brothers took over Graham Brothers completely in 1927 but Graham Brothers emblems continued to be used until 1929. In 1928, as part of the phasing out of the Graham Brothers name, Dodge trucks built by Graham Brothers displayed Dodge Brothers hood side nameplates, se example below. This Dodge Brothers hood side nameplate is rare.

This is a Dodge Brothers truck hood side nameplate (1928)     mjs
Size: 363mm wide 60mm high

From 1929, Dodge Brothers trucks displayed their own dark blue and white enamel radiator emblems, see examples below. These Dodge Brothers commercial vehicle radiator emblems are scarce.

The following Dodge Brothers radiator emblem was used on half-ton commercial models:

This is a Dodge Brothers commercial vehicle radiator emblem (1929-1930)     mjs
Size: 89mm wide 45mm high      MM: Fox

The following Dodge Brothers radiator emblem was used on all other commercial models from 3/4-ton upwards. These larger capacity commercial vehicles were built by Graham Brothers.

This is a Dodge Brothers truck radiator emblem (1929-1930)     mjs
Size: 58mm high 57mm wide    MM: Unknown (some Fox)

The Dodge Brothers truck emblem shown above was originally gold plated but is also found chrome plated, see example below:

This is a Dodge Brothers truck radiator emblem (1929-1930)     mjs
Size: 58mm high 57mm wide    MM: Fox

The following blue and white enamel Dodge Brothers radiator emblem was used on all light commercial models for 1930-1931. This Dodge Brothers radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge Brothers light commercial vehicle radiator emblem (1930-1931)    mjs
Size: 109mm wide 41mm high    MM: Fox

Dodge Brothers heavy duty trucks carried a larger version of this radiator emblem, which is also scarce, see example below:

This is a Dodge Brothers heavy duty truck radiator emblem (1930-1931)    mjs
Size: 125mm wide 49mm high    MM: Fox

The following blue and white enamel Dodge emblem is similar to the Dodge Brothers truck radiator emblems shown above and presumably dates from around 1931 when Dodge Brothers became Dodge. This Dodge commercial emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge truck radiator emblem (c1931)     kmc
Size: Unknown      MM: Unknown

Dodge changed the radiator emblem for all Dodge commercial models to a black painted emblem for 1931-1932, see example below. This Dodge truck radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge truck radiator emblem (1931-1932)     mjs
Size: 109mm wide 42mm high    MM: Fox

new series of winged Dodge Brothers radiator emblems was introduced in 1931.

The following dark and pale blue and black enamel radiator emblem was used on the Dodge Brothers Series DH Six and Series DL Six models. This Dodge Brothers radiator emblem is scarce. 

This is a Dodge Brothers Series Six radiator emblem (1931-1932)     mjs
Size:145mm wide 46mm high    MM: Fox

The following Dodge Brothers Series Six radiator emblem is possibly an early version made before the feathers were changed to the more detailed design shown above. This Dodge Brothers Series Six radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Dodge Brothers Series Six radiator emblem (early 1931)      mjs
Size: 171mm wide 49mm high    MM: Fox

The following version of this emblem with yellow/brown enamel on the covert feathers was used on the Dodge Brothers Series DG Eight and Series DK Eight models. This Dodge Brothers radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Dodge Brothers Series Eight radiator emblem (1931-1932)     mjs
Size: 145mm wide 45mm high    MM: Fox

The following Dodge Brothers emblem was fitted to the top center of the radiator grille shell on all Series Six passenger cars from late 1932 to late 1935 and on all Dodge Brothers commercial models until the 1936 model year. This Dodge Brothers grille shell emblem is scarce.

This is a Dodge Six passenger car and commercial vehicle grille emblem (1933-1935)    mjs
Size: 135mm wide 38mm high    MM: Mayer

A flattened version of the grille emblem shown above was displayed top center of the luggage rack where this option was fitted on 1933-1934 models and also as the trunk lid emblem on 1935 models. It was also used on the top center of the spare wheel cover where fitted.

The following Dodge Brothers emblem with a sharp point at the top is a variation of the flattened emblem described above. This variation is believed to have been an early version designed specifically for the luggage rack. In any event this Dodge Brothers emblem is rare.

This is a Dodge luggage rack emblem (c1933)     mjs
Size: 139mm wide 42mm high    MM: Unknown

Export versions of winged Dodge Brothers radiator emblems have "U.S.A." marked on the emblem, see example below:


This is an export version of a Dodge Brothers Six and commercial grille emblem (1933-1935)  dnc
Size: 137mm wide 40mm high   MM: None

The following Dodge Brothers radiator grille emblem was used on all 1936 Series D2 Six passenger cars and 1936-1937 half-ton light commercial vehicles.

This is a Dodge Six passenger car (1936) and 1/2-ton light commercial (1936-1937) grille emblem  kmc
Size: 90mm wide 34mm high    MM: D L Auld  (some Fox)

The version shown is a domestic version. Export versions were the same but with a "U.S.A." mark in the bottom center, see example below:

This is a Dodge Six export version of the emblem shown above     mjs
Size: 91mm wide 34mm high      MM: Fox

The following Dodge Brothers radiator grille emblem was used on export versions of light commercial vehicles above half-ton capacity for 1936. Domestic versions had no "U.S.A." mark.

This is a Dodge Brothers light commercial above 1/2-ton grille emblem (1936)   dnc
Size: 140mm wide 38mm high    MM: Fox

The following domestic Dodge Brothers emblem with upturned wings is fairly flat and was attached using two small rivets. It may have been a trunk or spare wheel cover emblem but I cannot confirm this. If you can identify this emblem, please let me know, in order to update this post.

This is a Dodge Brothers light commercial grille emblem (dates unknown)     kmc
Size: Unknown        MM: Fox

The following Dodge Brothers emblem was displayed on the trunk lid on Dodge passenger cars from 1936 to 1938:

This is a Dodge Brothers trunk lid emblem (1936-1938)    mjs
Size: 202mm wide 47mm high     MM: Fox

The following photo shows a slight variation of the Dodge Brothers trunk lid emblem shown above:


This is a Dodge Brothers trunk lid emblem (1936-1938)     mjs
Size: 202mm wide 47mm high   MM: Unknown (some Fox)

The difference between these trunk lid emblems is seen in the following close up photos. Both trunk lid emblems are scarce.

Close up showing emblem design variation 

The following Dodge Brothers radiator grille emblem was used on domestic versions of Series D5 Six and Series D8 Six passenger cars for 1937-1938. Export versions were marked "U.S.A.".

This is a Dodge Six passenger car radiator grille emblem (1937-1938)  mjs
Size: 102mm wide 39mm high    MM: R-AD

The following chrome upper grille emblem was used on 1937-1938 Dodge trucks larger than half-ton:

This is a Dodge truck grille emblem (1937-1938)     mjs
Size: Unknown    MM: Unknown

The following emblem has the same design as the Dodge Brothers Six emblem shown above but has a much thicker metal base and was used on half-ton light commercial models in 1938. Both domestic and export models of this emblem were marked "U.S.A.".


This is a Dodge Brothers half-ton radiator grille emblem (1938)    mjs
Size: 97mm wide 44mm high   MM: None

Some examples of the Dodge Brothers Six passenger car and the half-ton commercial used for export to Europe in 1938 had the plated inverted triangle removed from the emblem, see example shown below. This Dodge Brothers radiator grille emblem is very rare.

This is an export version of a Dodge grille emblem without the inverted triangle (1938)  ideationpro
Size: 102mm wide  41mm high    MM: R-AD 

The 1938 Dodge half-ton commercial also displayed a large pressed metal "Dodge" nameplate on the center of the dash, see example below:

This is a Dodge half-ton dash nameplate (1938)  hemmings

The following gold enamel Dodge emblem was a crank hole cover emblem used in 1938:

This is a Dodge crank hole cover emblem (1938)     mjs
Size: 57mm diameter    MM: Unknown (some Fox)

The following gold, blue and brown enamel emblem is believed to have been used as a horn button emblem on extra cost optional banjo type steering wheels and is rare:

This is a Dodge horn button emblem (1938)     mjs
Size: 67mm diameter    MM: None

There was a complete design change for 1939. The radiator grille emblem disappeared to be replaced by red painted pressed metal "Dodge" nameplate mounted on side panels above the grille and red painted stripes on the front of the grille, see Dodge advertisement shown below:

This is a Dodge ad for the new Series Six showing the side panel nameplate (1939)     ms 

The only Dodge emblem was a red painted pressed metal trunk lid emblem, see example below:

This is a Dodge Series D11 Six trunk lid emblem (1939)     ms
Size: 218mm wide 41mm high

Dodge trucks also had a new look in 1939 with a red painted "Dodge" pressed metal panel in the center of the grille, see example shown below. This emblem design remained in place until 1947.


This shows the Dodge truck emblem (1939-1947)

The Dodge truck also displayed a chrome "Dodge" script mounted on both sides of the front panel above the grille in 1939 and on the sides of the hood after 1939, se example below:

This is a Dodge truck script (1939-1953)    mjs
Size: 203mm wide  

Dodge cab-over-engine commercial models had a pressed metal winged shield with a "D" monogram from 1939 to 1947, see example below:

This is a Dodge cab-over-engine commercial hood emblem (1939-1947)   bballchico
Size: Unknown   MM: Unknown

There was another change in design of Dodge passenger car emblems in 1940, see examples below. 

The following blue, orange and brown enamel radiator and trunk lid emblems were used on Dodge Series D14 and D17 Six models:

This is a Dodge Six radiator emblem (1940)     mjs
Size: 61mm high 27mm wide    MM: Fox

This is a Dodge Six trunk emblem (1940)       mjs
Size: 228mm wide 59mm high     MM: Fox

There were also small chrome "Dodge" scripts at the front of the car mounted on both sides above the front grille, see example below:

This is a Dodge Six showing the radiator emblem and chrome scripts (1940)   duffy's

There was yet another emblem design change for 1941 and 1942, which incorporated a Dodge "coat of arms", see examples below.

The following black, red and blue enamel radiator grille emblem was mounted on a chrome trim piece on the front of the hood above the grille on Series D19 and D22 Six cars for 1941:

This is a Dodge Series Six grille emblem (1941)     mjs
Size: 90mm high 40mm wide    MM: DCPD (some R-AD)

For the 1941 Dodge Luxury Liner, there were also red enamel nameplate emblems mounted on the grille with "Dodge" on the left facing the car and "Luxury Liner" on the right, see examples below:

This is a Dodge Luxury Liner showing the grille emblem and nameplates (1941)  hemmings

This is a left side DodgeLuxury Liner nameplate grille emblem (1941)    dnc
Size: 125mm wide 16mm high    MM: R-AD

This is a right side Dodge Luxury Liner nameplate grille emblem (1941)    dnc
Size: 125mm wide 16mm high   MM: Grammes

The following red and white enamel Dodge Fluid Drive script was mounted on the trunk lid on Dodge passenger cars for 1941 only:

This is a Dodge Six Fluid Drive trunk lid emblem (1941)     mjs
Size: 250mm wide 56mm high    MM: Fox

Dodge cars for 1941 without the Fluid Drive option displayed the following version of the trunk lid emblem:

This is a Dodge Six non Fluid Drive trunk lid emblem (1941)     mjs
Size: 242mm wide 36mm high    MM: Crowe

The Dodge trunk lid emblem design changed in 1942 to a flat version of the main grille emblem mounted within a red colored metal base plate, see example below:

This is a Dodge Series Six trunk lid emblem (1942)     mjs
Size: 110mm high 70mm wide overall   MM: Unknown (poss Fox)

The following Dodge grille and trunk lid emblems for 1942 are a slight variation of the Dodge "coat of arms" emblems shown above. This design variation was most likely due to the use of a different emblem maker to supplement emblem supplies.

This is a Dodge Series Six grille emblem (1942)     dnc
Size: 90mm high 42mm wide    MM: R-AD

This is a Dodge Series Six trunk lid emblem (1942)     mjs
Size: 84mm high 44mm wide    MM: None

Dodge production of civilian vehicles ceased from 1942 until 1946.

There was a modest change of emblem design from 1946, see examples below:

This is an export version of a Dodge hood emblem (1946-1948)     ms
Size:70mm high 36mm wide     MM: Unknown (some None) 

This is a Dodge trunk lid emblem (1946-1948)     mjs
Size: 68mm high 54mm wide    MM: None

The following Dodge emblems are variations believed to date from the 1946-1948 period.

The first variation is a smaller hood emblem without the small circle in the red enamel verticle band, see below. It is possible that this emblem was incorrectly restored.

This is a Dodge hood emblem (c1946-1948)     mjs
Size: 70mm high 36mm wide     MM: None

The second variation has red enamel in the helmet and side plumes above the shield, see example below:

This is a Dodge grille emblem (c1946-1948)     mjs
Size: 79mm high 35mm wide    MM: DCPD

The following emblem is a Canadian Dodge emblem and has a similar design to the Dodge hood emblems shown above, except that the top lion is finished in red instead of blue enamel and the lower side tassels are hanging vertically. If you can identify where and when this emblem was used, please let me know, in order to update this post.

This appears to be a Dodge Canada grille emblem (dates unknown)    kmc
Size: 44mm high 29mm wide    MM: Brevner Ottowa

There was an emblem design change in 1949 to a shield shaped emblem with the Dodge "coat of arms", see example below:

This is a Dodge radiator emblem (1949-1950)      mjs
Size: 105mm high 77mm wide    MM: DCPD

The Dodge emblem shown above was mounted on the front center of the hood above a "Dodge" script over the grille, see example below:

This is a Dodge Coronet sowing the hood emblem (1949)     ms

The following photos show some different Dodge emblems, which have not been identified. 

This is a small Dodge Brothers emblem (dates unknown)     mjs
Size: 28mm diameter      MM: None

This is a Dodge Canada emblem (dates unknown)      mjs
Size: 96mm wide 95mm high overall (center 29mm diameter)    MM: None

This is a Dodge emblem (dates unknown)     mjs
Size: 90mm wide 35mm high       MM: None
 

This is a Dodge emblem (dates unknown)      mjs
Size: 68mm high 56mm wide      MM: None   

This is a Dodge emblem (dates unknown)      mjs
Size: 54mm high 33mm wide      MM: R-AD

This is a Dodge emblem (dates unknown)      mjs
Size: 59mm wide 40mm high      MM: None

If you can identify any of the Dodge emblems shown above, please let me know, in order to update this post.

I am most grateful to Dennis Nielsen for valuable advice on the dates of use of Dodge Brothers and Dodge emblems. Any errors in my interpretation of this advice is entirely down to me.









































































































































































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