Is that a staged modern picture? I can't imagine someone hand coloring a B&W photo to such a sophisticated degree. And, while color photography did exist in the '20s, it was an expensive and cumbersome procedure unlikely to be used for a routine scene like this one. But it's a neat picture!
If I were a betting man, I'd say it looks like a cover photo for an MTFCA "Vintage Ford" magazine.
Looks like a photoshopped image notice how the Ford looks like it was dropped into the scene...clean wheels no real tracks into the mud... neat though.
Great picture. It has the feeling of the early color HCCA Gazette covers of the late 50's. It could be a tinted photo as the horses look still black and white. My Father had a Kodak tinting outfit from the 30's and I suppose you could spend a lot of time at that if you wanted to.
It would be interesting to know for sure.
I am with John S on this one. It appears someone went to the trouble to paint mud on the running board. But them wheels is WAY too clean!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Here is another 2 HP Model T. This time a tudor. With real mud.
: ^ )
The first photo looks staged to me. I would think that a Model T could go right through that little puddle without any trouble. The car looks awfully clean for driving through the mud.
I don't know if the photo was staged or not but I can tell you for sure that I once got a 27 Touring hopelessly stuck in my back yard in Arlington TX after a couple of days of heavy rain. That was on what was a nice Saint Augustine lawn. It wasn't so nice after I tried to drive across it. Those skinny tires just sank. It made a mess out of the lawn and the car.
Google says it's a 1951 Caterpillar ad - http://www.adclassix.com/ads/51caterpillardiesel2.htm
Could be an old photo that has had a lot of work done to it for the ad.