Bakelite Pontiac 
Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:15PM
The Vestiges in Arizona, Wigwam Motel, hood ornament, motel

Photos of this hood ornament abound on the internet. That's because the Pontiac it graces is one of several antique cars in the parking lot of the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona. (I'll be posting more about the Wigwams.)

Bakelite was a forerunner to modern plastics and though it had its own limitations, its beauty is undeniable. Hood ornaments like this one from the 50s when lit from within must have been truly stunning. Age, wear, and heavy crazing haven't diminished its appeal.


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