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Scott
10-22-2008, 10:45 AM
I ran across this today and thought I would share it. I looks like a real color photo of the famous giant Studebaker. I've never seen one in color until now. It could be colorized, but it looks to me like a vintage Kodacolor type photo. Comments?

http://img.prewarcar.com/prewar/cars/Giant_Studebaker_500.jpg

studeclunker
10-22-2008, 11:33 AM
The picture is colourized.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
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Scott
10-22-2008, 11:41 AM
How can you tell?

lstude
10-22-2008, 11:42 AM
I think Richard Quinn wrote about the color of that car in TW, but I don't know what issue it is in.

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http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/MyStudebakernobackgroundsm.jpg

BobPalma
10-22-2008, 12:28 PM
:) "Life and Death of a Giant" by Richard Quinn was in the September 2004 Turning Wheels Almanac. :DBP

8E45E
10-22-2008, 01:02 PM
quote:Originally posted by BobPalma

:) "Life and Death of a Giant" by Richard Quinn was in the September 2004 Turning Wheels Almanac. :DBP


I bet that came from National Geographic, last page, June, 2006 issue.

Craig

BShaw
10-22-2008, 01:56 PM
FYI: Mr. Quinn's excellent "Life and Death of a Giant" article can be found right here on the SDC website at http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/giant_car.asp

BShaw, Webmaster

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Steve T
10-22-2008, 02:44 PM
Very interesting article! It does state that the car was repainted about 1934 from two-tone green to red, and the real car in the colour shot is mid-30s ('36?) so the huge Prez should be, as it is, red. If this is a colourized B&W shot, it's been well done, and in the right colour. Very neat shot in any event; thanks for posting it.

S.

bams50
10-22-2008, 04:01 PM
That picture would be a great wallpaper for my laptop if it were bigger[8D] It definitely looks colorized to me.

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bondobilly
10-22-2008, 04:19 PM
quote:[i], but it looks to me like a vintage Kodacolor type photo. Comments?



Kodacolor never produced colors like that. But Ansco and Ilford did.

However, the way the colors look, it does look like it came from a magazine print.

raprice
10-22-2008, 05:37 PM
Wow, that was some magnificent model to promote the President.
Unfortunately, it became "out of style" and needed to be destroyed.
My thanks to Mr. Shaw for providing Dick Quinn's article from Turning Wheels. I do remember reading the article, but didn't remember about the colors.
Rog

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Smithtown,NY

studeclunker
10-22-2008, 10:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

How can you tell?


There are a variety of tell-tale colour mis-matches that show up in colourized photos.

The biggest in this photo is the car in the foreground. A dark coloured car would photograph like that in a B/W photograph. If this was colour, then the car would be silver or possibly a charcoal grey, which would look more metalic. Also, it wouldn't look so dull next to the Giant. Dark coloured items in a photo are very hard to colourize.

The sky looks almost convincing and some of the problem with the colour could be from my display. They did an excellent job on the grass though.

Photos like this were routinely colourized and then mass-produced as promotional items. In those cases, they usually had excellent work done, such as this example.

Then again, I'm no expert, so what do I know?;)

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Steve T
10-22-2008, 10:44 PM
Hm. Were there a 1:18 diecast or kit of an early 30s Prez like this, wouldn't this make a neat diorama...the 1:18 car with 1:43/O-scale car and figures on a hilltop carpeted with model railroad grass...

S.

8E45E
10-22-2008, 11:02 PM
quote:Originally posted by bondobilly

[quote][i], but it looks to me like a vintage Kodacolor type photo. Comments?

However, the way the colors look, it does look like it came from a magazine print.


Here is the link to the National Geographic website on it.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/flashback/2006?image=06

Craig

Scott
10-23-2008, 09:40 AM
Nice link, Craig. Thanks!

I'm not quite convinced it's colorized yet because it looks as though Willard Culver (the photographer) was doing some color photographs in the 1930s and 1940s. He liked to photograph things like cats and butterflies.

On the other hand, National Geographic probably did tint a lot of photographs.

The grass looks quite real, and that's what makes me tend to think it's a real color photograph. If it is colorized it is (as someone said above) an excellent job.

bondobilly
10-23-2008, 10:31 AM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

Nice link, Craig. Thanks!

I'm not quite convinced it's colorized yet because it looks as though Willard Culver (the photographer) was doing some color photographs in the 1930s and 1940s. He liked to photograph things like cats and butterflies.


The grass looks quite real, and that's what makes me tend to think it's a real color photograph.

One way to tell if it was colorized by computer, rather than air brush is to look at the clothing, especially greys. Any grey/brown item of clothing will all be the same shade and skin tones are always pink.

joevacc
10-23-2008, 01:36 PM
While poking around for more information on this interesting topic, I found the following link.

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1934-1935-studebaker-land-cruiser7.htm

Great stuff!

Edit: Another link: http://blog.modernmechanix.com/mags/ModernMechanix/12-1930/largest_auto.jpg

-=[JoeVacc]=-

Scott
10-23-2008, 02:52 PM
That's another giant Studebaker I wish was still around.