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A Selection of Outstanding Images by Imbued With Hues

We last checked in with photo restorer Patty Allison of Imbued With Hues of Portland, Maine, early in the spring and since tomorrow is the first day of summer, this is an excellent time to view more of her work. In addition to restoring vintage photos, Patty is one of the leading artists in the country, practicing digital colorization.

Patty spends a considerable amount of time on each image she chooses to colorize by researching a vehicle’s original color combinations where possible, and then uses the right hues during the process. Her work results in photos that come to life and give us a colorful look back into the past.

The lead image courtesy of the Missouri State Archives contains a circa 1937 to ’40 International tow truck that just hooked onto a 1936 Ford four-door sedan.

  • 1946 Packard Clipper four-door sedan photographed in Superior Motor’s showroom in Washington DC. The original back and white photograph is courtesy of Shorpy.

  • A load of 1939 Studebaker sedans photographed in South Bend, Indiana, were pulled by a streamlined heavy duty Studebaker tractor on a Maris Automobile Transport trailer. The photo is courtesy of the Teamsters Union.

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

  1. Always nice work. Our parents and grandparents DID live in a world of color. I cheated, looking up “D” series IH’s, this picture came up, in B&W. The truck is a 1937 D30 (?) and Hiner’s Service was in St. Joseph , Mo. Note “stiff leg” under the US Tires words. Also, I can’t imagine a Golden Hawk any other color.

    • I figured it had to be near the Kansas state line. The “S” paper sticker on the windshield was from the Kansas port of entry for commercial vehicles going into the state. Perhaps some one knows more about this. As I recall an “E” sticker meant exempt.

      • I did a Google map search and there is a neat old building at the corner of 5th & Sylvanie in St, Joesph Mo. I’m betting it was the home of Hiner Service. Great looking International!

    • My 57 Golden Hawk didn’t have alignment problems and the needle bearings didn’t fail either!! I used a grease gun on the fittings every 1 to 2 thousand miles depending in how wet the weather was. You couldn’t use pressure guns like the old service stations had as it would blow out the little cork seals. I replaced the cork with “O” rings ( when rebuilding ) to keep the grease in and the water out!

    • I forgot to give the color of my 57 Golden hawk. It was a copper color with white fins and roof. It was beautiful, fast and fun to drive!

  2. If memory serves me the 1957 Golden Hawk had a huge and heavy Packard V 8 and it was almost impossible to keep the front end aligned. Later Studebaker went to the small supercharged V 8 which performed very well. Great pictures.

    • Bought a GT Hawk when I was 18 that apparently is on the same platform as the earlier cars. It was powered by a 289 R2 engine with a four barrel carb and a Paxton supercharger, behind it was a T-10 four-speed transmission and a rear axle with about a 4:10 gear set and “Twin Traction” (a posi) and just like a hawk it FLEW!

      The reason the cars were hard to keep in alignment was because the front end was not strong enough for the car. If my memory serves me correctly one end of the steering knuckle was supported on needle bearings (I rebuilt it) that work well for rotating shafts although the bearing did not last long in this application.

  3. the Studebaker truck n car trailer is a 37 model , don Robertson has a near identical rig at his ‘goldking mine’ museum in gerome az don passed away last yr n its now run by his family a must see in my opinion

  4. What a great group of photos. I love old car showrooms. Packard Clipper looks lonely . Ist year for the Studebaker Champions in ’39. Great photo of Studie transporter, with cars.

  5. The difference in weight between the Packard and Studebaker V-8s was minimal. Maybe 50 pounds. The Stude V-8 was a heavy engine for its size and power. A popular swap in the day was to replace the Stude with a Caddy. One could gain a huge number of cubic inches and many more horsepower for the same size and weight as the Stude V-8 . The Packard V-8 was no slouch with its power and torque. JWL

  6. A “KORN BINDER” with an early Holmes Wrecker Setup (possibly) —rescuing something that is: F. O. R. D. !!!

    • The wrecker looks like a 515 or a possible earlier version. I had a 1946 Chevy with a 515 and a very unusual “cradle” that pivoted on the back of the truck and was lifted by the tow winch. It was an earlier version of the wheel lift of today. I had the Holms literature for both until my home was hit by lightening 10 years ago.

  7. What a masterpiece, the color I’m sure has been researched with endless hard work. Thank you for bringing me this enjoyment! Hip, hip hooray

  8. This photo is not in South Bend, but is at the Automotive Building in Exhibition Place in Toronto Canada for the auto show there.

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