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A Selection of Outstanding Images by Imbued With Hues

Spring is in the air, a few buds are beginning to come out, the grass is turning to a bright and rich-colored green, and the last of the snow melted away over the weekend which makes for the perfect time to share some fine colorized images with you. The photos are the work of Patty Allison of Imbued With Hues of Portland, Maine, who in addition to restoring vintage photos, is an expert at digital colorization.

Today’s lead image contains flagship models from two different types of surface transportation, a 1954 Packard “Caribbean” convertible from the soon to be defunct automaker and the Santa Fe “Super Chief” passenger train. The train service ran between Chicago, and Los Angeles beginning in 1936 powered by a modern high-speed diesel locomotive that was followed by a train of luxurious “Pullman” cars and a dining cars that served gourmet meals. The Packard publicity photo of the pair compared the “Caribbean,” a fast, comfortable, and opulent luxury car with one of the icons of train service at the time.

You can view more of Patty Allison’s exceptional work here on The Old Motor.

  • Actress Jean Harlow poses with her 1932 Packard Sport Phaeton which has survived.

  • 1935 Pontiac convertible coupe publicity photo taken at an unknown modern horse racing track.

  • A vermillion-colored late Model “A” Ford Roadster with twin rear spare tires, and a sport coupe by an unknown maker at a Union Oil Company filling station in Los Angeles, California. 

 

18 responses to “A Selection of Outstanding Images by Imbued With Hues

  1. Yeah, I’d like to know what that Sport Coupe is as well. Wasted a bit of time trying to ID it and I have failed so far.

    Salient features to my eye are the unusual pattern at the top of the radiator shell with an unusual badge shape, what looks like a horn on the center of the headlamp bar, two-bar front bumper with no clamps I can see, vertical hood louvers, cowl lamps, and disc wheels. The turtledeck above the rear fender seems to be tapering/leaning toward the centerline, which is not the common design at that point. Would guess year is about 1930 or so.

    Wonder why Patti selected a red shade for the Model A, as that was never a stock color.

    • And judging by the tires, they drove thru some even deeper doo-doo just to get it there. I’m surprised they didn’t attempt to clean up the tires before taking the shot.

  2. It’s hard to tell just what the blue car is because there is some distortion in the photo. Notice how large the back of the car looks; fenders and wheels, compared to the front. I think what we are looking at is a 1929 Nash cabriolet. Let’s see if anyone else has a better assessment.

  3. Jon, I can’t say you’re 100% wrong. That’s as close as I was able to come.

    Still. a few small things trouble about that ID. The disc wheels, for one. Couldn’t find a single picture of a ’29 Nash with disc wheels. The horn on the headlamp bar but that could be an accessory. And the bumpers are close but certainly missing the center clamp.

    But darn close, I admit.

  4. The 32 Packard Sport Phaeton is not the same color today, as seen in the photos. I have seen this car many times as it is locally owned.

    • Hi Bob, it’s confusing. I’ve seen pictures of the car today in the museum with black fenders, but all of the pictures with Ms. Harlow next to it, are like this. Ms. Allison must have some idea, or picture to go by before she colorizes it. I think the car in the museum was repainted at some point, although, in a video of the car, the owner says it’s original.

      • The Packard you see today in LA is the same Jean Harlow car and very well documented. When it was restored the color was changed to the black and brown tu-tone you see today. The colors were originally a golden brown with dark blue wheels, dark blue pinstripe, and a dark blue interior. The car is reported as purchased new by jean Harlow in 1933 – so sounds like she bought “off the shelf” all be it a custom ordered car having such as a painted frame/underside to match paint and …… I have seen a few original Packards and Packard parts/pieces in this golden brown color that you see in Patty’s colorization and she seems to have the color pretty correct. I do not think the color is Aztec Olivine Brown light, but I could be wrong.

  5. Gregory, I noted the same things which was why I was a little reluctant to sound 100% positive. I came to the same conclusion on the horn. I don’t recall any car originally fitting that type of horn in that position, slightly off center. While the bumper clamp is missing, most cars of that vintage had them so I suspect it was lost or removed , maybe when they added that fancy horn. I also could not find any ’29 Nash pictured with disc wheels but they were very common in 1928. I’m pretty sure the standard wheel would have been wood with the usual option being wire, but I thought with the personalization of the horn and bumper clamp maybe the disc wheels aren’t too much of a stretch. Plus, Robbie Marenzi agrees with us. How could we miss? Great fun, trying to identify old cars.

  6. Jon, yes, it is great fun. Thanks for playing along.

    BTW, there’s another picture of that same car from a different angle at the link Robbie gave above that, for me anyway, makes me believe it is almost certainly a Nash. It’s a closer view and a little sharper than the colorized photo, especially in the radiator shell area.

    We’re done as far as I am concerned.

  7. Not to be a wet blanket, but and maybe this doesn’t matter, but pictures of Jean Harlow’s ’32 Packard, shows it was 2 tone. Similar top color, but black fenders and sidemounts. The horse race track is The Tanforan in San Bruno, California.

  8. Loved the Super Chief and loved riding that train from LA to points East, including once all the way to Chicago. It was a real step up from riding in the back of my Dad’s ’56 Stovebolt Chevy with 2 or 3 sisters on Route 66. We got along without A/C in the summer deserts, but still not sure how dad did it. So, the Super Chief was a handsome stallion for a gilded coach to my young eyes. The later cars were well thought out and a young kid could make friends with the man running the snack bar down below or with some of the fellow travelers in the observation car. Great stuff, great views, great memories (well, the car rides were as well).

  9. The locomotive is an EMD product. It’s from the F7 series and ATSF usually ran them as A-B-B-A configurations. The prime mover engine is a 16V-567, 1300HP

  10. The red Model A Roadster looks to be a 1931 deluxe model. No seam on the splash apron is an indication. And as usual, the attendant is adding water to the radiator.

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