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Exceptional Colorized Images of America on Wheels by Imbued With Hues

We haven’t shown any of the outstanding work by photo restorer Patty Allison of Imbued With Hues of Portland, Maine recently, and this set is long overdue. In addition to restoring vintage photos, Patty is one of the leading artists in the country, practicing digital colorization.

She spends a considerable amount of time on each image that is selected by researching original car color combinations where possible to use the correct hues, from her palette. The result gives you a new dimension to look into the past and envision a snippet of time closer to that which was available before in black and white.

If you can be in or near Portland, Maine, on December 4, 2015, the Maine Historical Society will be holding a reception for the exhibition for Patty’s work “Imbued With Hues” which displays historical images colorized by her. The opening takes place during the First Friday Art Walk at the Maine Historical Society located at 489 Congress Street in Portland, Maine.

View more of Patty Allisons’ work here on The Old Motor.

  • Today’s lead image by Patty highlights: Grace Loudon McAdams (third from the right) and six other friends as she steadies her brother Max’s 1910s Indian motorcycle, while he photographed the scene.

Seattle Street Scene 1933

  • This photograph was taken on Third Avenue in Seattle on April 19, 1933, just south of Yesler Way. The view to the North is of Third Avenue South through Main Street and the Second Avenue South Extension.

Northern Touring Car

  • The photograph by the Detroit Publishing Co. is believed to have been taken for the Northern Manufacturing Company of one or its circa 1904-’05 touring cars.

1934 LaSalle

  • A well-dressed gentleman out for a drive in his stylish Harley Earl designed 1934 LaSalle in Italy.

1938 Boston Street Scene

  • This Library of Congress image was taken by photographer Arthur Rothstein in 1938, at the corner of Curve and Tyler in Boston MA.

13 responses to “Exceptional Colorized Images of America on Wheels by Imbued With Hues

  1. Good morning David. I would love to see her do one of the pics of that gorgeous Auburn roadster from the other day. It was two tone and all I could think of was I would love to see it in color.

  2. A couple of not-so-common cars in the Seattle street scene. On the left a 1928 Pontiac Sport Coupe. In the centre is, I think, a 1930 Dodge DC eight laden with options, including bumper guards, side mounts, grille guard and twin horns.

  3. Just keeps getting better-
    My “Old Motor” interest started with your articles about pre-1940 vehicles. Later you began with images of incredible clarity, as an old graphic designer I saw details that held my attention with great focus. Then came the Friday habit of Kodachromes has my eyes examining all details in photo. Now it’s Patty Allison and a marvelous photo colorizing technique. Looking forward to what’s next.

  4. As a motorcycle collector, the Indian Powerplus is a favorite. It’s circa 1920 but they didn’t change much from 1918-1922. The Powerplus model name was later changed to the Standard so it wouldn’t imply that it was more powerful that the Chief, which was introduced in 1922.

  5. The Seattle street scene Alt Heidelberg Lager Beer advertisement was probably painted before 1916 when the state of
    Washington went dry, 4 years before national prohibition went into effect. Alt Heidelberg was brewed by the Columbia Brewery in Tacoma. They survived the prohibition era with soft drinks.

  6. Nice photos there. Colorizing is one facet of photography I’m getting real interested in. I’m amazed at some people who can look at a photo and tell you what color that shade of gray really is. Myself, I can only tell the color in a color photo. I’d like to learn more about colorizing…

  7. Simply outstanding work.

    It’s impossible to look at a gray value and determine what it’s color counterpart would be.

    That’s why the artist’s research and adherence to historical accuracy are so valuable.

    The color transforms these photos from historical artifacts into something that feels more immediate and contemporary.

    Her results really are breathtaking. Kudos!

  8. The motor-driven – horn on the Indian Motorcycle is a really important accessory!!! I have just finished the restoration of a KLAXON “5” motor driven horn, similar in size to the one on the Indian, but it has a reverse cone! — and it ***shreiks, — like a 3-year old girl! Klaxons are the BEST! It is a true privelege to work on a right angle drive early KLAXON . Careful examination and re-construction will result in a very powerful commanding sound! One oiler fitting on top, oils the upper shaft bearing, the ratcheting noise maker, the diaphragm button and through the motorshaft to the lower bearing, all with about 3 drops of oil. Having a 6 Volt electrical device that is OVER 100 years old, come back to life, is rewarding. Should you need to “adjust” one, Oil it first — and with a very large end wrench a locking “Gland “,NUT or: “Jam” NUT, allows the whole -motor to be rotated into or away from the “ratchet & button”: Allow it to “spool up” to self -clean the armature & brushes IF they WILL clean up the electrical interfaces, — and then adjust it for maximum screech, but NOT TOO tight, then lock it down! If this does nothing, then complete disassembly & cleaning of the brushes & their holders will really help! This is NOT like a Model “A” ‘ s — Spartan Horn. Same idea , but a much more durable way to go about it! WARNING : These were in use when Horse MANURE was on the dirt roads ! A complete protection of your lungs, eyes & fingers is recommended, — during any cleaning operation for electrical or mechanical parts of these veteran units: Example: Tetanus or other problem, from long ago! *** “Klaxon” is a Trade Name , derived from the Greek word: KLAXXE! (To Shriek!) Edwin – 30 –

  9. I love the intimate details of the Klaxon horn. I had one on the first few cars I had until I swapped it for something – Must have been nuts to have done the swap. Many thanks to Old Motor and all your very well read subscribers for their detailed replies.

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