Automobile Mascots in the Nethercutt Collection

Photo Essay by John Hazeltine, January, 2022


The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, CA contains a distinguished collection of historic American and European automobiles. In January, 2022, Traditional Fine Arts Organization director John Hazeltine visited the Collection to photograph mascots on selected autos. These ornamentations are striking works of automotive art.


(above: Display room of cars in the Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar, CA. Photo by John Hazeltine, 2022, courtesy of the Nethercutt Collection)


The Collection's website says: "A hood ornament, radiator cap, motor mascot, or car mascot is a specially crafted model, which symbolizes a car company like a badge, located on the front center portion of the hood...The radiator cap was transformed into an art form and became a way of indivisualising the car..."


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