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A Selection of Outstanding Images by Imbued With Hues

We have not checked in with photo restorer Patty Allison of Imbued With Hues of Portland Maine, since June of 2017 so today is a good time to catch up on her recent work. In addition to restoring vintage photos, Patty is one of the leading artists in the country, practicing digital colorization.

Allison 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 circa late-1950s to early-1960s lead photo contains a view of a McDonald’s restaurant and a number of young patrons. Left-to-right are a 1950s Oldsmobile sedan, a 1957 to ’58 Dodge two-door hardtop, and a late-1940’s to early-’50 Dodge. Note the unpaved parking lot.

  • Pastel colors were in vogue in the 1950s like this pink and white this 1956 Studebaker Hawk.

  • A verity Packards including a new 1936 model in a dealers service department in California. 

  • And finally a truck load of 1950 Fords ready to leave an assembly plant.

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

  1. Like these colorized photographs by Patty Allison.

    In the lead picture, on the right, is a tan, two-door, 1951 [or possibly ’50] DODGE Wayfarer.

  2. I’ve seen the lead image before, but only B&W. The color enhanced here is fantastic!! I feel like I’m right there with those guys & the `57 Dodge. I’m now wondering if that was a D-500 model, given the exhaust tips. The last photo of the transport full of `50 Fords looks extremely accurate; they sold a TON of black cars, and the sportsman green cvt. on the right is correct for that year!
    The wheelcovers on the `56 Hawk I closer associate with the `57 Golden Hawks, but they look great on this pretty pink coupe.

  3. In the 2nd picture, on the far left, is a red & white, four-door, 1956 STUDEBAKER President; and behind the Hawk is a two-tone, four-door, 1956 STUDEBAKER, either a Champion or Commander.

  4. The license plates in the first image look to be 1960 Illinois, gold on royal blue (for the centennials of Augustana and Wheaton Colleges).

  5. While the 1st image says the plates are late 50’s Illinois, it could have been anywhere. We had a McDonald’s near my folks house in Milwaukee, and it looked just like this, a member of “The Speedee Service System”. It was THE place to hang out. The Dodge is, I’m sure a hot model with these exhaust tips. Car is too new for someone to add those. I’m sure it’s dad’s car. While the Hawk pic is believable, not sure about the Packards. Not many colors like that in the 30’s, from what I’ve seen. And the Ford car carrier, I’ve seen before it was colorized. The truck is a 1951 Ford F8. Just think, 4 cars at a time. Today, it’s more than double that.

    • Taking into account that this is an art rather than a science, the center Packard looks like it could be Straw or Golden Tan. The one in the back could be Packard Blue or Peasant Blue, based on the 1931 paint chips I have seen (I haven’t seen chips for most of the rest of the 30s, but I have seen lists of Ditzler paints that DuPont could color match). The only one I haven’t seen a similar color for is the light blue closest to the camera, but there are a couple blues I’ve seen listed but haven’t seen paint chips for (Orleans Blue comes to mind, and there may have been another that I can’t remember off the top of my head).

  6. Our Mickey D’s did not have that kind of ‘crush’ parking. Same type of building, but two rows of slots facing each other over a middle walkway, with a small patio like area in the front with two table/bench setups. A bit more organized and I guess family oriented than the pic here.

    • Hi Mad Dog, our McDonald’s went through many changes over the years. Ours, as most, started out like this, “get your burgers and go”,,,then they figured out, maybe they would like a place to sit down and eat, ( and spend more money) and ours got that walkway with tables like you say. Funny, how we’ve gone kind of full circle on that. Today, at 12 noon, the drive-thru is backed up to the street, and you can walk in, and go right to the counter.

      • Yep Howard, very true. Times have changed. Mickey D is big here in Japan as well, not many drive ins in Tokyo, but a lot out in the suburbs.

      • Howard, I grew up in the Hales Corners/New Berlin area in the late ’60’s-early ’70’s. Back then the Hales Corners McD’s still only had walk-up service like the one pictured. The story was, that store and one in San Francisco were the last two of that kind in the country. McDonalds used Milwaukee as it’s test market for new ideas then. They probably figured if people as set-in-their-ways as Milwaukeeans at the time were willing to buy something new, it’ll sell anywhere.

  7. That ‘56 Hawk in metallic blue was my first car. It had a beautiful engine turned dash. It was a wonderful car and handsomely designed.

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