Columbus Buggy Co. (1909-1914)
New Columbus Buggy Co. (1914-1915)
|This is a Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem (c1912-1913) ms|
Size: 78mm wide 56mm high MM: Robbins
The Columbus Buggy Company had introduced the Columbus Electric in 1903, to be followed by the Columbus highwheeler in 1907. The Columbus highwheeler was discontinued in 1909 when the Firestone-Columbus was introduced. The new car was designed by Lee Frayer and was named after Clinton DeWitt Firestone, who was the Columbus Buggy Company president.
|This is a Firestone-Columbus radiator script (c1909) sam|
Size: 200mm wide 127mm high
The following Firestone-Columbus radiator script was used from 1910. Original Firestone-Columbus radiator scripts of this design are rare.
|This is a Firestone-Columbus radiator script (1910-1914) sam|
Size: 228mm wide 100mm high
This Firestone-Columbus radiator script was first shown in the Motor Age magazine in September 1910 and appears in a factory illustration in the 1910 brochure for the Firestone-Columbus Extension Front Landaulet Model 65-A, see below:
|This Model 65-A factory illustration shows the radiator script and an emblem (1910) sfam|
Note that the above illustration from the 1910 Firestone-Columbus brochure also depicts a radiator emblem consisting of the entwined letters "F" and "C", see close up below:
|This close up shows the Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem sfam|
I believe this illustration depicts an accurate representation of the first Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem, because the Firestone-Columbus radiator script is accurately represented and later brochures from 1913 accurately depict the radiator emblem shown at the top of this post. However, I have never seen this Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem in reality. If indeed it does exist, it would be ultra rare.
The 1910 Firestone-Columbus brochure also includes an illustration for the Model 7-A Gentlemen's Runabout, which shows a round radiator emblem, see below:
|This is a Firestone-Columbus Md 7-A brochure illustration (1910) sfam|
|Close-up showing a round radiator emblem and a radiator script (1910)|
The Model 7-A Gentleman's Runabout did not appear in 1911 but the same Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem is clearly seen on another model in an original trade fair photo from 1911, see below:
|This is a Firestone-Columbus showing radiator emblem (1911) dpl|
This round radiator emblem is the white and maroon enamel Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem shown below. This is the only example of this emblem that I have seen and is extremely rare.
|This is a Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem (possibly late 1910-1911) mjs|
Size: 63mm diameter MM: Unknown
The dark blue and white enamel Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem depicting the explorer Christopher Columbus, shown above at the top of this post, is much admired by collectors and, although I have seen several examples of this emblem, it is very rare. This Firestone-Columbus radiator emblem was certainly in use by 1913 and may have been first used in about 1912 but I cannot confirm this.