Posted: June 9, 2016 in Automobiles, Details, Old cars, Photography, Rust, Wabi Sabi

Call them hood ornaments or car mascots, radiator caps or bonnet ornaments, they’re car jewelry to me.



They began as radiator caps. (Make a picture in your head: radiators used to be outside, on the front of cars.)  By the early 60’s, hood ornaments were on their way out, generally due to laws that regulated their sizes or even whether cars could have them and that was predicated on concerns for pedestrian safety.

Too bad. I find that many of these add a real touch of beauty to the machines they grace.

  1. andykidd says:

    Love them all. Noticeable lack of feminine inspired design. Rockets, trains planes, Indian chiefs. In fact not sure where they are nowadays either 🙂

  2. andykidd says:

    is it 9.30pm ish your time?

  3. sedge808 says:

    it’s amazing they are still there… (hood ornaments).

  4. Lignum Draco says:

    They are beautiful additions to the cars. Another era now. Pedestrian safety is overrated, isn’t it? 🙂 🙂 🙂

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