Nothing wrong with that. All the funny bright color schemes came in after your timeframe anyway. I love steam and wood cars but I do have an affinity for early tofc too. I've always loved images of cigar band F7s with a line of 20' trailers.
I've got my share of "shiny things..." They just usually weren't "permanent fixtures" on my railroad. The BAR State of Maine and New Haven McGinnis cars came into being in the mid-50's. Who doesn't have a State of Maine boxcar lurking in their collection somewhere? Particularly as I have an elastic timeframe: generally mid-late 50's to mid-60's.
Oddly enough, the old Gilbert catalogs are quick references for when some of the colorful cars came into being as they tried to keep up with some of the latest prototype freight car paint schemes.