Chief Pontiac

Art-deco hood ornament from a time gone by


On our visit to Simpson Farm in Gainesville this weekend, we saw lots of interesting car details.  The old hood ornaments were some of the most impressive elements.  Everyone noticed the Pontiac Indian head ornaments since they were the most unusual.

The  Pontiac brand was founded by General Motors in 1926 and named after the famous Ottawa chief who also gave his name to the city of Pontiac, Michigan where the car was produced.  Pontiac was discontinued as a brand in 2010 which may have been a good thing for GM since using Indian names for commercial purposes has become taboo these days.

Pontiac has a long history of hood ornaments featuring Chief Pontiac in various styles. The hood ornament above features an amber lucite Indian head and upright wings. This art-deco style appeared on cars in the late 1940’s to early 1950’s




The Simpson Farm
3930 Roy Parks Road
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/8 –  1/2500 sec – ISO 640

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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