Lazy Sunday – Chromatic Extraordinaire

This stylised jet ornament streaks over the bonnet
This stylised jet ornament streaks over the bonnet

Maybe it is a “man thing” but there is something delightful in the design of vintage cars. That wonderful streamlined effect with rich exotic shades of paint and oodles of gleaming chrome.

A scantily clad flapper does her thing on the bonnet of this lovely blue car

We had a vintage car fair in our dear city on a wonderfully sunny day and I couldn’t resist taking some shots of the huge variety of hood ornaments on the bonnets of these immaculately preserved vehicles.

This bird swoops jauntily over the grill of this lovely vehicle
This bird swoops jauntily over the grill of this lovely vehicle

The ultimate ostentation, these hood ornaments came in so many varieties. The most exotic I have seen is a 1920’s Lalique Glass dragonfly ornament that was mounted on a battery powered canister with a revolving coloured disk that threw coloured lights through the dragonfly as you drove along. Unsurprisingly, very few have survived. Alas one was not attached to any vehicle that day. We live in such a prosaic age that is nice to think that once people wished to make the ordinary extraordinary.

This natty winged radiator cap looked charming.
This natty winged radiator cap looked charming.

However, I hope you enjoy these perspectives of a more decorative age.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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5 Comments

  1. These are gorgeous, TJ. I think many things were made with more care for beauty in earlier days, although probably many people couldn’t afford them. But craftsmen seems to take pride in what they made and created for beauty as well as functionality.

    janet

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