October 19, 2023


Esco Motor Co. (1933-1937, 1945)
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

This is an ESCO hood side nameplate (c1945)   mjs
Size: 229mm wide 50mm high     MM: None

Esco was short for the Exhibitors Service Company, which had been organized in 1911 in order to transport motion picture film to theaters originally using passenger cars. 

The Esco Motor Company was organized in 1933 to build the Esco truck, which was based on Sterling truck designs, and which was offered in 2-ton, 2-1/2-ton and 3-ton capacity sizes powered by six-cylinder engines. 

In all Esco built about 60 trucks, including about twelve built in 1945-1946.


Esco trucks did not carry a radiator emblem but did display the "ESCO" name on cast metal hood side nameplates, see original example shown above at the top of this post. This Esco nameplate is very rare.

Emblem collectors should beware, as there are reproduction Esco nameplates, usually with the "ESCO" name finished in red paint, see example shown below:

This is a reproduction Esco nameplate     ms

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