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I love this very-cool forum. Great enjoyment for a long-time car guy. Thanks to all of you for that. 

 

I grew up in the 1950's and 60's, with my parents being members of AACA, Southern Ohio Chapter. My mom started collecting hood ornaments way back when. Once in a while, as a gag joke at a party, friends would present Mom with some lame oddball chrome figure, pretending it was a genuine hood ornament. She got tops from bowling trophies, flag pole tips, and plastic toy soldiers painted silver. But one time she got a nickel-plated statue of a flapper girl in a bathing outfit, striking a pose.  Everyone enjoyed the joke, but Mom actually really liked this one. She loved the roaring 20's era, and often made flapper costumes, antique swim suits, etc, etc, for use in our old car tours. So the flapper girl hood ornament was perfect, and she added it to her modest collection of "real" hood ornaments. In order to make it stand up, my dad bolted it on top of a New Old Stock Hupmobile winged "dogbone" cap, where it still resides today. 

 

Following in my parents' footsteps, I became a car collector, and kept that flapper girl hood ornament. Then one day I found it in a book about hood ornaments. I couldn't believe that it really WAS a hood ornament, and apparently was a pretty good one too. The book I was reading mentioned that the flapper girl was actually standing on a leering man's face. When I looked closely, I was shocked to see that this was true of the one I had in my hand. I had never noticed that before. But since that time, I have never been able to find that book again, or to ID this ornament any other way. I would love to figure out what book I saw it in before, as none of the books I have on my shelf show this ornament. 

 

I know that it is not for any specific brand of car, but rather is an artistic rendering by some famous artist, or such. 

 

Any ideas? 

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Yes, Schacht, it is a NOS Hupmobile cap underneath the flapper girl. My parents Had several Hupp items, probably from the Hupp factory in Auburn. I remember going there with them more than once as a kid. They owned this one for about 20 years, and I've had it for nearly 40 more. 

 

 

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I am dying to find out what book or website which I once found this old ornament in. I never realized that her foot is standing on the face of a leering man, until I read that description. But now I cannot find it anywhere. 

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Hey, gang. I just thought I would bump this thread again, in the hopes that someone would see it and help me find the book which featured this old hood ornament in it. I KNOW I saw it in a book, because that is the way I first came to realized that the dancer is standing on a leering man's face. I had always overlooked that until I read about it in a photo caption about this ornament. Help me if you can, please. 

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I am DYING to find the book in which I saw this ornament described in detail. If any of the experts here have any books on hood ornaments, please check through them to see if you can find this one. I'll gladly buy my own copy of that book, whenever I discover the name and title of it. 

 

Happy holidays, everyone! 

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Lump,

I've been intrigued by this mascot as well and I would be embarrassed to tell you how much time I've wasted searching the web to see if I could determine who made it and when. It's pretty darn rare, that's for certain. And I think it almost has to be an accessory mascot, as opposed to a factory piece.
 

The book you saw it in: where were you and when was this, if you recall? Swap meet, someone's house, a museum, a bookstore, a library... If you can remember the year, it will set a date before which the book had to have been published. There simply aren't that many books on automotive mascots.

Has anyone who owns a copy of W. C. Williams' "Motoring Mascots of the World" checked to see if this mascot is shown within?

 

One other possibility is that this was not originally made as an automotive mascot but rather adopted for that use, although that's probably unlikely.

 

Have you ever separated the cap from the mascot? Can you post a picture of the bottom of the cap, showing how the mascot and cap are joined? The leering face base looks a bit off-center in the cap to me in the pics.

Time to get serious here... LOL.

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Just getting ready to leave town, Gwells. Thanks for your response. I'll get back to you Sunday or Monday. 

 

But quickly, YES, I do have a copy of MOTORING MASCOTS OF THE WORLD. It has similar style hood ornaments, but not this one. 

 

I found this in a book or on a website, or SOMETHING like that about 10 years ago. 

 

Yes, I have taken it off the Hupmobile wing cap many times. We got those two items at different times. We simply put it on the Hupp cap because that was an easy way to display it. 

 

I definitely saw this ornament in a listing of ornaments, which even told who made it. That's when I found out about the leering face that she is standing upon. I'll take more photos when I return. 

 

I'm pretty darn certain that it was an automotive aftermarket accessory, and apparently it was fairly exclusive and high-end...sorta like Lalique ornaments were.

 

Thanks so much for your help. 

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I am very grateful for everyone's help with this so far. I am bumping it back to the top, in hopes that someone can help me find the book (or whatever) that I saw it in before, which told about this aftermarket accessory hood ornament. 

 

Thanks again, in advance. 

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Anyone have any luck on this one? I need to at least find some other mascot books than the two that I already have. I know for a fact that I saw this ornament featured, and I'm really anxious to find it listed again. Thanks in advance, everyone. 

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I am still trying to find out more about this interesting old hood ornament. I KNOW I saw her in a book on hood ornaments, but it is not in the book, "MOTORING MASCOTS OF THE WORLD" by Williams. I have that book, and have checked it 10,000 times. 

 

Please help me find the book which features this ornament, or tell me something about the hood ornament itself. (PS: I am aware that the winged base is an NOS Hupmobile unit. I just want to know about the dancing lady. 

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A similar, but different, radiator mascot is on p. 15 of  Great Cars and Grand Marques by Automobile Quarterly, 1976, in a 10 pg. chapter called ¨Mascots¨*. That one, from the Allen R. Thurn Collection is described: ``a very French and very stylized mascot from the late Twenties´´. It is shiny metal, and has a lass balanced on her right foot, her left knee bent, holding her long hair in her  left hand, her right arm forward, and a bunched-up piece of cloth goes from her chest down her back to her left ankle.

 

Not the same design, maybe not from the same maker, but one could be derivative of the other.

 

*Based on an earlier AQ article by W.C. Williams, ¨Mascots, the Automobile´s Grand Afterthought¨, VOL 13, No. 3

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Great piece.

I don't want to muddy the waters here but I came across this early hood ornament that has a similar design to yours. It is called "Butterfly Girl" by Mady, French, 1920's. It could possibly lead you in the direction of the artist who made your ornament, or it could be a complete red herring.

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Hello again, everyone. I couldn't help myself, and just had to bump this one back to the top. SOME DAY, I'm going to find someone who has a copy of that book which featured this hood ornament. Identifying this awesome old ornament is on my bucket list! 

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Folks, I'm trying not to be a pest with this, so I've waited several months before bumping it again. 

 

I'm still looking for that book which featured my old hood ornament, and told who the maker was, etc. I have a couple, and it's not in there. Yet I'm SURE I found it in a book one time. 

 

Can anyone help? 

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