Boyce Moto Meter

Boyce Moto Meter

Patented in 1912, the Boyce Moto Meter was a thermometer that screwed into the radiator cap and read the engine's vapor temperature. Accessories such as these eagle wings were available and many car companies had special emblems custom made. Boyce, whose tag line was "Boyce Moto Meter Your Car Deserves One," pretty much cornered the market until the late 1920s when gauges were dashboard mounted and beautiful hood ornaments became the rage.

Lalique Eagle

Lalique Eagle Hood Ornament

Known for quality, beauty and creativity, glass and jewellery designer René Lalique (1860-1945) created this stunning crystal eagle's head hood ornament in the late 1920s. I photographed it on a 1930 Cord L-29 Phaeton Sedan at the recent Fleetwood Country Cruize-in fundraising event.

© Sheila Creighton 2011

Greyhound

Greyhound Hood Ornament

In the 1930s, Ford used this elegant greyhound as its cars' hood ornament. I love taking detail photos such as hood ornaments and early radiator caps. They are small artistic works. I was lucky here that a blue tent in the background could double as a blue sky effect.

© Sheila Creighton 2011