Regarding 1940s and 50s grunge: I want to strongly agree with Dave Evans. To put it another way:
- We have no better reference of color in the 1940s than Delano and never will.
- Moreover those color renditions are fully plausible: one does not see gross miscoloring.
- Finally, if your audience has seen the Delano photos, then weathering to that level seems to me to exactly fit the bill. Everything we do is staging, not reality. When you watch a play, you’re not fooled into thinking it’s real, but if it’s good it *feels* real and the staging supports that. Isn’t that what we’re trying to do?