Car decorated by the Bennington Garage at the opening of the Ethan Allen Highway, 1930

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On September 20, 1930, the paved Ethan Allen Highway (now Route 7) between Pownal and Manchester opened with a parade. The $15 prize for Best Decorated Car went to the Bennington Garage, whose car was driven by Louise Hayes. Her passenger was Edith Williams (her husband, Earl Williams, owned the garage). This photograph was taken by another team of two women, Blanche Boscoe and Clara Brown. Boscoe owned and operated a photography studio at 43 Main St. in Bennington and in the 1920s she partnered with Clara Brown. Before color photography was commercially available, photographers used watercolor paints to color their work.

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