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A Selection of Colorized Images by Imbued With Hues

The last time we checked in with photo restorer Patty Allison of Imbued With Hues of Portland Maine, was in February 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 lead promotional photo was taken in late 1955 to ’56 of a Ford dealership showroom with a Crown Victoria in the front left-hand corner.

  • Early-1950s Packard promotional photo demonstrating just how much luggage will fit in the trunk.

  • Junction City Oregon 1949 – A De Sota Ambulance that appears to have its original bodywork.

  • Late-1930s Ford coal truck delivering a load at a Lincoln-Mercury Agency in 1939.

27 responses to “A Selection of Colorized Images by Imbued With Hues

  1. Like Patty Allison’s work. She can add real life to black & white photographs !!

    In the 2nd picture there is a 1951 PACKARD Patrician 400 Sedan.

  2. Your organization really does a Fantastic Job !!!! Thanks for bring the past back in Vivid Color

  3. I have some semi-related thoughts on the last picture, so I’ll break paragraphs when I jump topics.

    L. K. Burket & Bro. is a company in Wayne, Pennsylvania. They’ve been around since at least 1887 (UPenn has their ledgers from 1887-1913), and they still deliver fuel oil for heating.

    The different colors of the numbers in the Lincoln dealer’s window makes me wonder if they just swapped the last digit out each year. I like the contrast of the whitewalls with the red color of the car.

    I also wonder why the truck bed of the coal truck wasn’t able to tip without the scissor lift being at full height. I understand the reason behind the scissor lift (to fill coal bins that weren’t underground), but having to raise it to fill underground bins seems inconvenient.

    • Some delivery locations, because of the angle of the coal chute below ground level, required the coal to have the maximum velocity possible when sliding down the chute which was acquired by raising the coal before dumping.

  4. Um, it’s a DeSoto, and an unlikely candidate for an ambulance, and the driver(?) looks bit shady,( or potzed)as well. The coal truck brings back memories of grade school ( early 60’s) The school had a coal furnace, and would get deliveries like this. I was more interested in the truck than my studies. The coal going into the chute reminded me of people clapping.

    • The beauty rings suggest it really is a ’46 or ’47 due to the lack of whitewall tires immediately after the war.

      All of the Chrysler product sedans of the day as well as the 8 passenger sedans were prime candidates for a low budget ambulance or even hearse. For ambulance duty the front bench seat would be replaced by a single seat for the driver with the passenger side “B” pillar incorporated into the front of the rear hinged back door. The rear door latched into the roof rail and sill of the car, while the front door latched to the “B” pillar in the conventional manner. With both right side doors open, it was easy to load a stretcher into the right side of the car. An attendant would occupy the rest of the rear seat space while the driver hustled the patient to the hospital.

      • Hi Kevin, I believe Checker in 1969 made a cab for that purpose. Very rare, the MediCab only sold about 100 vehicles

  5. The 99 E Cafe had a seating capacity for 28, and in 1954 converted to a drive-in while retaining the in-door seating. In 1959 the owner was told by his doctor to sell the business, which included the cafe, small rental apartments, living quarters for the owner, all the fixtures and equipment – all on two lots for $7,500, or nearly $64,000 in today’s money.

  6. That proud ambulance driver I could imagine having a pint sticking out his back pocket.
    He needs it,seeing gross accidents every day.
    I wonder if it was a private ambulance co. or city owned.

  7. One usually thinks of Ambulances as Station Wagons or Panel Trucks. Something with more utility than a sedan. But from the looks of that guy, it probably doesn’t much matter

  8. The Packard family is the American Dream. A Packard, with Ultramatic, twin sets of golf clubs, beautiful luggage, and the driver is dressed nice (so unlike today).

    Thanks, David!

  9. Cars of yesteryear had cavernous trunks, even in to the 60’s. Now you need to pack light and tight (or get an SUV). Even then, with a full set of passengers, you have very little space left over, surprising for vehicles as big as they are.

  10. My guess is that the driver of that ambulance is the photographer who asked one of his friends who was in the café to ” step outside and I’ll take your picture near my new ambulance”, and the ambulance driver put his hat on him.

  11. All great images. Thanks for your singular dedication to keeping us all supplied with things like Allison’s wonderful colorized vintage images. I wonder if the coal truck is brand new as if is amazingly clean for a coal yard vehicle.

  12. A particularly nice selection of “Imbued With Hues” this time around. The lead Ford dealership photo seems just perfect as does the Packard shot.

    The ambulance has a secondary license plate that’s a bit worse for wear – does that say “PUB” “ORG”?

  13. That Packard had “Presence”! In black, the Patrician, even after several years of service and care managed to look “Grand” … it just “”matured”, so to speak. I always wondered why , if Packard called it “the 400 Hundred Series”‘ they put 3 , not 4 brite trim devices-looks like bottle openers- on the flan ks of the rear fenders?

    Another question of “Automotive Trivia”, re the DeSoto ambulance… Did//would the clear lucite hood ornament ever illuminate? Was it an option ; as was ‘Chief Pontiac”for a number of years? I know that Hudson had “spots” of illuminated “Vees” about the hood during the pre/postwar years, Were there others?

  14. Re: the title picture at top: I’m a Zillow (homes for sale) addict. It’s amazing how many homes of the same vintage as that Ford dealership, still have that same paneling today.

    Come to think of it, it’s amazing how many DEALERSHIPS in my area (Indiana) still have that paneling today! Wonder if the panel in the dealership picture was the result of a remodel, or original to the building’s architecture.

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