Life is full of unexpected coincidences. Last week Ken Bello (2clicksaway) posted an image of the hood (bonnet) ornament of a classic Packard car. Click here to go to that post and view the ornament shot superbly by Ken.
I commented on Ken’s post, writing: ‘That ornament rivals the Spirit of Ecstasy on Rolls Royces for beauty.’ Little did I imagine that later that same day I would be looking at a vintage Rolls Royce and photographing the Spirit of Ecstasy on its bonnet. In the USA the ornament is often called The Flying Lady.
Both ornaments feature female figures stretching forwards, but the artistry is different. The Rolls Royce figure having classic lines, the Packard ornament reminding me more of the Art Deco era. Indisputably they both have an individual beauty. But which do we prefer? Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder. We will all have a preference. Some from the UK may even regard it as heresy to suggest the two figures are in any way comparable.
For those wanting to know more about the history of the Spirit of Ecstasy, click here to view an interesting article in Wikipedia.