I spoke once with an old painter from the Maxim factory. He grew up in the town where the factory had always been. He was local and learned from the previous paint crew. The style he used in the 1950s still had remnants of 19th century coach painting techniques and designs. The engine below is a 1923 Maxim. It has distinctive chevron decorations on the fenders, and a nice use of black stripes throughout.
Maxim Motor Co.
Restoring the gold leaf decoration
on Maxim fire engines...
The restorations on this page are Maxim Motor Co. engines. The bold "knot" corner design was a popular motif on horse drawn commercial vehicles in the 1800's. The fancy thin white lines also refer back to earlier vehicle decoration. This truck was well built and modern in every way mechanically. The decoration was added by someone with aesthetics from an earlier decade.