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A Selection of Outstanding Images from Imbued With Hues

Patty Allison of Imbued with Hues 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 shades she uses on the vehicles she colorizes to provide a representation of what they could have looked like when photographed.

The lead image contains an Anchor Motor Freight Chevrolet or GMC tractor pulling a four car trailer with a load of new 1953 Buicks. GM operated a final assembly plant in Framingham, Massachusetts where Anchor also based one of its many regional auto shipping operations. MacLeod Motors was likely a New England based dealership.

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

1935 Oldsmobile coupe

  • The Golden Gate Bridge, a modern marvel was the perfect backdrop while it was under construction for this GM Photographic image of the new and up-to-date 1935 Oldsmobile coupe.

1939 New York World's Fair Studebaker Truck

  • 1939 New York World’s Fair was the size of a small city and used this Studebaker cab-over truck as part of it street cleaning fleet.
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  • This cream and marroon colored Automobile Shippers Inc. Dodge tractor and trailer unit is carrying a load of new 1940 Plymouths.

Automobile Shippers Inc. Dodge Car Hauler - 1940 Plymouths

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

  1. These are remarkable photos. The Golden Gate Bridge under construction, the beautifully designed Stude cabover… incredible!

  2. Hooray for Patty doing these, and thanks to you David, for showcasing them ! So many folks don’t realize how vehicles “made” America what it is, and your site and images like these that kinda’ showcase the “pretty” aspect can do nothing but help get the message out . Thanks !

  3. Like having Friday on a Wednesday! Thank you!

    Now, I usually ask to leave my two cents. Should I make it 1 cent or three?

    My thoughts:

    1) As to the first photo, it’s obviously some marketing photo. The cars are way too clean, cleaner than the truck they rode in on. The cars are also prepped for delivery. I’ve never seen a can come in to the dealer from the factory with the wheel covers / hubcaps installed. (My dad was a small-town Ford dealer. I spent 20 years in a Chrysler-Plymouth-Mazda dealer. I’ve seen plenty of new cars come off the trucks.) And, those were the days when kids stole hubcaps. And, the whitewalls sure are clean.

    2) Staying with the first photo, the sign sure isn’t regulation GM. If the store were new, why wouldn’t the sign be more prominent in the picture? Where are the salespeople? If this were for the trucking company, then why is the truck so dirty?

    3) In the second photo, pretty girls and new cars are like bread and butter. Perfect together. But, why is she standing on the running board? Shouldn’t she have a “come hither look” standing at the front of the car? And, why does the car have dealer tags?

    4) I’m also a huge fan of the 39-40 NY World’s Fair. LOVE the pic.

    5) The new Plymouths on the truck raise exactly the same questions as the first pic. Why was the picture taken? The hauling truck is dirtier than the cars. The cars are too perfect, with hubcaps installed, although there is protective strip on the rear bumper of the first car as well as on the first car in the lower bay. If the picture is to sell Plymouths, why the dreary background and why the Packard in the background?

    • At least the model is standing at the front of the vehicle in the “Plymouth” photo as you suggested, Mike! Is that a “come hither look” on his face? Judging by his size, I would be afraid to ask him! (Come hither and get your snoot re-shaped, Bub! Why are you so interested in my wife and her Oldsmobile?) Ha! Ha!

    • I don’t think the first photo is staged… Grease monkey, or driver is relaxing at the bay door. Anchor was teamsters back then. My brother in law got a good pension from them. Sure would love to have an old Buick.

    • I believe you’re overthinking the issue of dust on the trucks and cars. Since the original photos were b/w, a bit of tan dust that might have been on the side of a blue car or red truck wouldn’t necessarily be apparent on the original photo. So, yes, I suppose you could quibble that the retoucher, when she colorized the photos, didn’t add some dirt to make the cars look more “well-travelled.” To me, the charm of the art here is the almost hyper-realistic perfection of them. Just like memories ought to be.

  4. # 5 with the Dodge haulaway… does the trailer spare tire have a mechanism to hoist it back up? I can’t imagine wrangling that rascal in the cold or wet. Whew.
    Pictures are great,. Like everybody else,. I enjoy the daylights out of this! Thanks!

    • The bracket holding the spare in place appears to be hinged at the bottom. This would allow the tire to pivot outward and down, nearly reaching the ground. Such an arrangement would simplify the job, while not necessarily making it much easier.

  5. Patty Allison does a magnificent job. It makes childhood days even more realistic. Black and white photos can recall those days for me, but the colorization of the photos makes it even more real. My thanks and gratitude to both Patty for doing them and you, David, for featuring them.

  6. Does nice work, no doubt. I wonder if she researches stuff like proper license plate colors and all. I agree with Mike, the Buick’s are far too nice “just off the boat”. The Plymouth’s, maybe. ( the hub caps aren’t near as fancy as the Buick’s) I’m a big fan of a site called “Mac’s Motor City Garage” and they ran a piece a while back about car carrier’s of yesteryear. ( check it out if you are interested in car carriers) It’s hard to think that 4 car carrier’s were the norm. ( now they have like 9 car trailers and 1 or 2 on the truck) The driver (?) is checking the coolant level and the clearance lights on the cab are a little odd. ( never saw them mounted like that) Also, in regards to Chuck’s question, I doubt there was any “hoist mechanism” for the spare. Drivers were a lot tougher back then.

  7. Well David, one again Patty Allison gives us a glimpse of life “In Color” when the world was black and white, or sepia. Love here work. Good stuff, thanks.

    • Actually, I think there was as much if not more color then than there is today… Okay, maybe then we didn’t have the flourescents and the dayglos,. When the marketing mavens today want to invoke age , antique, and nostalgia they throw sepia at it , mute the colors and presto we have the good ole days.. I’m really not “dissing” Patty’s wonderful work- it’s very creative… but they don ‘t represent the real scenes. The colors on those “53 Buicks would knock your eyes out… think of the last time you saw a ’53 Buick Skylark go thru Barrett Jackson’s at Scottsdale. I can remember as a child my father’s almost pearlescent metallic blue’41 Buick Century coupe w/ wide whitewalls, brite red rims chrome hubcaps and trim rings. Lord, I wish I had that car instead of the foto… which looks nothing like Patty’s work. The majority of the cars today are black , greys dark and light , bieges and white , very few cars that are in your face colors except for the niche cars. When was the last time you saw a dad with a brite blue or green 5 series BMW sedan or Chrysler 300 C… in 1955 dad would’ve been in a brite blue or green Oldsmobile 88 or a Dodge Lancer with a wild white two tone in addition. Maybe even a third color thrown in for good measure. I even remember 55 Buick 4 doors in brite red white and black… Buicks!!! Patty’s wonderful works touch us not for the reality… but for our memories. And for that we thank you Patty, you as well, David

  8. I’m wondering if the focus in the Dodge COE shot isn’t the truck itself. The 1940 COE was the first year of in-house COE truck I think.

  9. I am wondering if the colors shown on the license plate on the right of the Dodge truck photo were incorrectly reproduced. The colors on a commercial license plate for Michigan during 1940 are black lettering on a silver background. The format seen on the license plate, 00-00-AA, was introduced in 1940 for the commercial series. The format of the Michigan Public Service Commission (M.P.S.C) license plate on the left also dates the photo to 1940. Note the that number 40 in the middle of this plate is a serial number not a year.

    Separately, the Dodge truck is also a 1940 model (no cowl lamps this year). Previously Dodge had sold cab-over-engine models from 1937 – 1939, but the cabs were built by Montpelier Manufacturing Company of Montpelier, Ohio and were mounted on a Dodge chassis. They also looked very different as they had small triangular shaped windows at the front of the cab. The unusual cab clearance lights mentioned above may have been seen only this year as by 1941 they were mounted higher up on the cab roof.

    Photos of the earlier Dodge COE models can be seen here:
    www dot coachbuilt dot com/bui/m/montpelier/montpelier.htm

  10. Currently listening to Louis Hector Berlioz’s Requiem, which is a beautiful piece, though these gorgeous photos would be better-suited with Glenn Miller playing. Thank you, one and all, for the photos, the comments, the whole shebang. Very few things I look forward to via internet as I do The Old Motor offerings.

  11. These photo images are terrific for reminding us photography may have been B&W but the real world wasnt. Patti is a great talent!

  12. I believe the Studebaker truck at the MYWF was indeed blue, additionally I believe the lettering and logo should be orange.

  13. I believe the Studebaker truck at the NYWF was indeed blue, additionally I believe the lettering and logo should be orange.

  14. Patty really nailed the Golden Gate Bridge scene. The Marin County Hills o the north are exactly those shades of brown and green, and the lighting is very typical of The Bay Area on a cool day in early spring.

    • And behind the Olds one can see the top of Fort Winfield Scott, a pre Civil War outpost, which is still there.

  15. Anchor Motor Freight’s colors were actually blue and yellow with a red anchor. the Trucks were always filthy dirty, but then again the operated in New England winters. Their safety record always left a little to be desired.

  16. Outstanding work. The resolution is really super sharp!

    It reminds me that the “good ol’ days” were photographed in black and white, because there really was no cheap color film process until the 1940s. Even then, it took several more years for color to be more widely adopted.

  17. These photos in B&W are from from my Flickr page. As stated above the Anchor should be blue with yellow and red trim. The ASI Dodge should be orange and black. That was a Chrysler promo photo for the cars not the truck. ASI was a big Chrysler hauler until about 1970 when they sold out to M&G Convoy. The Anchor was a newspaper article shot.

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