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Saw this news today...

Chevrolet's Bowtie Badge Turns 100 - Carscoops



General Motors and historians alike remain unsure (see below) about the origins of the Chevrolet bowtie to this day, but they do agree that Chevrolet co-founder William C. Durant was the one to introduce the brand's signature badge in 1913 on the 1914 Chevrolet H-2 Royal Mail and the H-4 Baby Grand, centered at the front of both models.
A century later and the Chevrolet bowtie has adorned some 215 million vehicles worldwide of which 60 million remain on the roads today, with the GM brand stating that a Chevrolet car, crossover or truck is sold every 6.39 seconds in one of 140 countries around the globe.

“The Chevrolet bowtie is recognized around the world and has become synonymous with American ingenuity,” said Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney. “Whether you’re pulling thousands of pounds through rocky terrain in a Silverado pickup or commuting in a Spark EV, Chevrolet’s bowtie will always be at the very front of your travels.”

Returning back to the origins of the bowtie badge and the theories about its history, here's what GM has to say about it:
[From GM release] "Stories range from Durant being inspired by the wallpaper design in a Parisian hotel to a newspaper advertisement he saw while vacationing in Hot Springs, Va. Durant’s widow and daughter have offered alternative explanations.
According to Margery Durant, in her 1929 book My Father, Durant sometimes doodled nameplate designs on pieces of paper at the dinner table. "I think it was between the soup and the fried chicken one night that he sketched out the design that is used on the Chevrolet car to this day," she wrote.

But in a 1968 interview, Durant’s widow, Catherine, said the bowtie design originated from a Hot Springs vacation in 1912. While reading a newspaper in their hotel room, Durant spotted a design and exclaimed, “I think this would be a very good emblem for the Chevrolet.” Unfortunately, Mrs. Durant never clarified what the motif was or how it was used.

But that nugget of information inspired Ken Kaufmann, historian and editor of The Chevrolet Review, to search out its validity. In a Nov. 12, 1911 edition of The Constitution newspaper, published in Atlanta, an advertisement appeared from by the Southern Compressed Coal Company for “Coalettes,” a refined fuel product for fires. The Coalettes logo, as published in the ad, had a slanted bowtie form, very similar to the shape that would soon become the Chevrolet icon.

Did Durant and his wife see the same ad – or one similar – the following year a few states to the north? The date of the paper Kaufmann found was just nine days after the incorporation of the Chevrolet Motor Co. The first use of the bowtie by Chevrolet appeared in the Oct. 2, 1913 edition of The Washington Post with the words “Look for this nameplate” above the symbol."
 

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Love GM.
Hate the Chevy bowtie.
Despise the Gold ones.

First thing I do when I get a new Corvette home is use dental floss to remove the GM logos and install a short throw shifter. :)
nothing better than a cleaner looking exterior :10:
 
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