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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. 


26 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.

      • RE: Blue `35 Pontiac publicity photo

        Anyone know what that water spray is all about behind the fence? The overhead water with flex hose looks like it is up high to fill the race track water truck(s) – not present in the shot. The spray mist is peculiar, maybe an unintended water leak in the plumbing? I don`t know anything about horse racing other than just casual and historic films so this caught my attention.

        Certainly not such a good publicity shot with all the horse manure out front and all over the tires. I would think those wide running boards would come in handy when you needed to scrape the bottoms of your shoes before getting into the Pontiac.

        I have to say the Pointiac is what many would have called “homely“ at best even for 1935. The rolled over nose of a waterfall grill with the twin closely spaced bug-eye headlights makes for a severe case of the uglies. I wonder if the body color in this rendering was an accurate factory color. I think not, since it looks slightly metallic as well. I`ll buy the `35 Ford Roadster or Cabriolet, thank you, besides its superior styling, it has a great V8 engine. Good ones are still available and a Columbia 2-speed rear axle gives it super good orverdrive! Go anywhere with style in the peppy Ford!

  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.

    • The Tanforan racetrack burned down July 31, 1964. The site is now the location of The Shops at Tanforan shopping center.

  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.

  11. RE: Gas station scene.

    No one has mentioned the unusual gas pumps with the huge center dial (almost like a single pointer clock dial). Were they unique to Union 76 staions? Maybe new for the time just prior to rotating “digital“ odometer style numbers.

    What on earth is “White Magic“ fuel? Sounds like their name for “white gas“ (naptha) for use in camping stoves and Coleman lanterns. Would it have run in auto engines without pre-igniting? Or maybe just a convenient service pump for people with traveling needs for trailers using liquid fuel ovens, heaters, lamps? Maybe just gasoline without the red dye as a marketing gimmick (“Extra pure and so refreshing to drink!“ Yikes!)

    • Many hours I worked on the Pontiac motor line. I dreamed of actually owning one some day. Never happened thought ,too expensive for me. Local 653 . I enjoy the car shows when someone brings one for viewing . Before ww2 most of my relatives started there too.. They all drove the big Pontiacs . If you drove down Joslyn rd .today you would never know a car factory existed . Same thing across town and down river at some of the other manufactures . Their cars were kept spotless ,especially for the Sunday drives around the country roads outside of Detroit. . I sure do hate to see these youngsters hacking up these old cars to make them silly looking. I went down several flights of stairs once to see the remnants of the Oakland plant once , not much to see but you could feel the ghosts !!!

  12. The Santa Fe locomotive in the lead photo is brand new to the Super Chief in the picture wearing the famous “Warbonnet” paint. It’s a GM EMD model F7, serial number 17955 with the 1500 hp 567 diesel motor, and has a fascinating follow-on career history. After many years on the Super Chief, No. 343 sported the rare “Blue Bonnet” dark blue Super Chief color scheme in her later years as an F7. In the late 60s, Santa Fe needed to fill its locomotive roster with road switchers and found that converting their now tired F7s in-house would cost half as much as purchasing a new unit (only 60 K each). The streamlined car body was replaced with a custom made GP body much better suited to yard and road switcher duties and the units were renumbered as CF7s (Conversion F7). 343 was converted and renumbered to 2500 sometime in the late 70s and worked in the Yellow and Blue Cigarband paint scheme. In 1987 Santa Fe sold all of their CF7s to short line and industrial railroads around the country. Many continue in use even today. 2500 went to Sawmill Run Paper Plant (SRPP) in Sago, WV, and was still working this past decade as a remote controlled locomotive used to load hopper cars. Look for pics online. It is super cool to see this F7 brand new next to the Packard – makes you wonder how many years that Packard stayed roadworthy and where she is now.

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