Addictions - The Classic Hood Ornament

I will admit to having many many addictions. 

Sadly, for most of them, there are absolutely no cures for my sort of addictions.

Take toilets, for example.  It's a passion of mine to find the toilets with the lowest flush flow rates on the market.  I can't help it.  Blame LEED. Or my addiction to lighting.... crap, there will never be a cure for my lighting addiction. Go figure.

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Another?  There is probably only one other of my friends that understands, Lisa Smith over at The Decor Girl. I believe she may also be an addict as well.

Hood Ornaments.  The classic, sculpted hood ornaments of the 20's, 30's and 40's.  Mini works of art.  Beautiful spectacles perched atop the hoods and radiators of some of the most respected vehicles ever imagined. Once upon a time having not only a hood ornament but a specially commissioned sculpture meant you were SOMEBODY. You were special.

So few vehicle manufacturers use them anymore - the now extinct Maybach, Mercedes, Bentley, and one of my personal favorites, Rolls Royce.  And even they are reverting to smaller, flush mount emblems identifying their vehicles in a more discreet manner.

And then there was the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.  It was like dropping a crack dealer in front of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Must I say anything more?

Ah.... the Good Old Days....

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1937 Bentley Speed Six HJ Mulliner Saloon
Forget the Flying B, this Bentley has one big C**k.

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1925 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Corsica Boattail Speedster
Usually the Spirit of Triumphe, this Isotta carries a distinctive crane instead.

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1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Barker Tourer
The Spirit of Ecstasy.  Enough Said.

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1919 McFarlan Type 125 Touring
Even the most utilitarian of ornaments were embellished in some way.

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Packard Roadster Runabout
The very special Adonis hood ornament adorned very few Packards.

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