More nameplates and great lettering! The French
automaker Renault proved
the timelessness of great design when they
gave us this fine example in the art deco style during a time when that
style was no longer popular. Cigarettes,
sort of steno dictating office machine. The Coronet is an
automobile model of the Dodge brand. Special
is a Buick.
is, or rather was, a brand of General
Motors for household appliances. O’Keefe
Merritt made stoves. One of my
is from an RCA television camera.
car badges shown include Plymouth
Chrysler Windsor, and
Chevrolet Impala and Bel Air. The Lark is possibly an interior
nameplate for the Studebaker model of that name. Ghia was/is an Italian
automobile designer and the beautiful enamel badge below is from one of
their cars, probably a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. I can’t
place the great Suburban
nameplate but it may well have been from the
GM vehicle of that name. Booth/Babylon
and By Lake/Bay Shore are car
tags applied by dealers to the rear of a car’s trunk in some parts of
It is unknown where the Firestone,
Simplex, Temco, Princess, Notifier,
Royal, Fujiset, and Mueller
from. But even when unknown, it’s fun to speculate from their
styling just what sort of
things nameplates were once attached to.
I can imagine the dishwasher the Automatic
Dishwasher by Mullins badge was on. Quite a
monster, I’ll bet.
The BM button is from Bardwell
& McAlister, a maker of movie lighting gear. The GE button is from a radio as is the
older GE dial
escutcheon to the right of it. The Arvin
plate, like the Western Electric
below it, is
rather simple, flat, and plain, but the late-’60s styling is what we
used to call “smart.” The Color
badge is from a 1960s television set.
The wonderful National
lettering is possibly from
a National (NCR) cash register, but I don’t know for sure. Dynamatic
Division of Eaton made use of
this serious and impressive looking badge
somehow, probably on something large and gray.
The Planet, Kenmore, and Zenith cloisonné badges are
sewing machines. The Webcor
and Truetone badges are off of
electronic sound equipment.
Don’t think that I cannibalize perfectly good
collectibles to get these nameplates! I don’t have the heart for that.
Yes, I’ve pulled off many a car badge in junkyards—but only just ahead
crusher, and most of my
other examples I’ve found in flea markets and such places where they
wound up after earlier being pulled by someone else from their original
homes. That explains, at least, why I don’t know where so many of them
actually come from.