2021—Rare Bird

One of the few birds I photographed in Oregon last week was the Flying Eagle Hood Ornament that adorned 1932 Pontiac 8 cylinder vehicles including the one on display at the Western Antique Airplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, OR. My research about the hood ornament indicates this particular ornament is rare; Pontiac used the eagle for only one year and model. It was designed by William Schnell and it is zinc die cast with chrome plating. What struck me was the eagle’s eye. From some angles, the eye appears to be a glass inset but on closer inspection, I believe that is just an optical illusion. Still, it is an elegant, eye-catching hood ornament.

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