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A Selection of Outstanding Images from Imbued With Hues

It has been a while since last checking in with Patty Allison at Imbued with Hues. She is a photo restorer, who also does exceptional colorized images from period photographs and enjoys scenes that include cars and trucks. Patty spends the time to research and find original paint chips of the hues that were offered on the vehicles she colorizes whenever possible to provide an authentic representation of what they could have looked like.

This Standard Oil Co. SOHIO service station in the lead photo was apparently celebrating a Grand Opening under new ownership (note all the old oil stains). The cardboard boxes stacked around the office and also at the pump islands were filled with free giveaways to build customer satisfaction and to keep them coming back. Tell us all about the makes, models and years of the cars in this image that interest you.

View more of Patty Allison’s work at Imbued with Hues and here on The Old Motor.

1930 Model A Cabriolet with Balloon Tires

  • This image of a 1930 Model “A” Ford owned by the P.J. Walker Company, Builders in the Los Angeles area was one of two photos of the car taken in 1932. The fifteen-inch diameter “Air Wheels” and low pressure 7.50 x 15 tires were offered by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in the early thirties.

Dealership Full of 1959 Cadillacs

  • This is quite an interesting and large garage full of 1959 Cadillacs. The four-door hardtop in the foreground has a Michigan license plate, and the older gentleman in front of the car wearing a Cadillac badge appear to identify this as a photo taken at one of the auto makers facilities. Can you tell us more?

Joan Cueno with a Rainer Touring Car

  • Here we see an image of racer and female automobilist, Joan Cuneo, changing a tire on her 1908 Rainier during the 1908 Glidden Tour. Who can identify the maker of the unique rims and wheels on her car?

1939 La Salle Five Pass. Sedan

  • General Motors and all of the automakers set up elaborate exhibits in 1939 at the Worlds Fair that was also referred as the Golden Gate International Exposition. It was held on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay that was constructed for the occasion. This 1939 LaSalle Touring five-passenger sedan was one of the automobiles in the GM exhibit.

14 responses to “A Selection of Outstanding Images from Imbued With Hues

  1. I really enjoy these “colorized” photo’s, almost as much as the “Fun Friday’s”, especially the gas station ones. Gas stations were just the center of activity back then. Look how many people were working there, ( 8 attendants plus probably the “mechanic” inside) Gas, oil, and service were the items of the day, not the lowest price on milk ( or whatever today) So different then. Buick overheating, attendants washing windows and ADDING, not checking oil, ( almost every car burned or leaked oil) hoses that reached to the other side of the car, ( the lady in the ’55 Plymouth Sport Coupe? is getting “Boron Supreme” so must have had a big motor, possibly the 241 ). The “giveaways” were probably glasses, or mugs, or knives, pens, or ice scrapers, with the company logo ( that were made in the USA).
    The other picture of the lady sitting on the fender of the Cadillac, when you could actually do that without creasing the fender. Great pics and great colorizing.

  2. Wow! The 1959 Cadillacs are located in what was called the “customer will call” area at Cadillac Motor Car Division , 2860 Clark St. Detroit, Michigan 48232. Adjacent to the area in the photo was a show room where customers took “factory delivery” of new cars. The area in the photo was where the cars were finessed and prepped prior to delivery. Factory deliveries were popular back when freight rates were predicated on the distance from the factory to where the delivery took place. The industry later adopted “standardized freight rates” which resulted in equal charges regardless of distance and after that “factory deliveries” pretty much faded away. The door behind the yellow car in the far corner leads to the service training classroom where a few years later I was schooled to become a Cadillac Training Center Instructor. To the left of the fire extinguisher on the back wall is the drive through entrance to the executive garage. The entire Cadillac complex was demolished in the late 1980s. The Detroit Packard plant gets a lot of attention still, however, Cadillac Clark Street produce many, many more cars starting in 1920 than did Packard and, of course, the Cadillac name is still a household word.

    • Thank you, Henri, for the information regarding the Cadillac plant on Clark Street. I lived not far from there on Scotten (1967) where my stepfather owned a corner bar — you can bet some of those workers stopped by!

  3. The wheels on the Rainier of Joan Cuneo have Healy demountable rims. If you check the photo archive of the Detroit Public Library you will find several photos showing this system.

  4. That 4dr HT in the foreground is exactly like my first car. Patty A. does a great job recreating colors, mine was “dusty rose” which looks just the the car pictured.

  5. I see the Cadillac, but no Packard in that top photo. There does appear to be a burgundy Nash back there, with the rear of a fastback Olds, probably a 98, at right edge in light blue. The Plymouth appears to be a V-8 (first one for Plymouth) but I cannot remember a factory color like that on the 54 Chevy on the other side of the pumps. The colors on the Chevy wagon and ’54 Buick in the background are right on, IIRC.

    Howard is correct on most cars using oil back then. They would either draw it into a metal pitcher with the spout hinged at the bottom, or use cans such as those on the rack and a metal spout that was rammed through the can lid.
    The lady on the LaSalle is in fashion for the day with the short, curly hair style, the small hat and the tailored look. You can add my applause as well to Ms. Allison’s work. Marvelous!

  6. I can’t believe the dedication shown in coloring these historical photos. I live in Australia, but have American Classics. Great Work.

  7. The Buick in the first picture may not be overheating, but getting the radiator back flushed before putting in the “Alky” antifreeze. The trees in the background appear top be leafless, suggesting a warm autumn day and the Buick owner realizes that procrastination ain’t gonna keeps his engine from freezing up in the forcasted cold snap!

  8. My uncle had a Sohio station when I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s , I now collect anything with the Sohio logo. I am amazed at all the products and variations that Stamdard Oil of Ohio (SOHIO) sold. My cousin always said SOHIO was short for “Sold only here in OHIO” I think there is a shadow on part of the 54 Chevy making part of the cars color look different as i remember the brown/copper color on the hood as being correct. I am by no means a Mopar fan but i have to admit that 55 plymouth hardtop looks pretty slick. Keep the great pictures coming Patty, you are truly the best at what you do!!

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