The past, colorized

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Tim Wager, who is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington from the 19th and 20th centuries and publish them in a six-book series, has agreed to allow the Banner to publish some of his works. We'll be presenting one a week, in this space, over the next several weeks.

This image, Wager said, was taken in front of a home at 122 Grandview St., Bennington. The driver is James Burke, who is accompanied by his wife, Ethel, and their son James sitting in the rear.

The arrival of Burke's car was considered newsworthy by the Bennington Evening Banner, which printed the photo and an article on page 8 of its June 19, 1908 edition. An excerpt:

"James Burke is so busy with his Pope-Tribune auto that he hasn't time to eat or sleep. He and N. M. Cottrell went to Hartford after the machine and ran it from there to Bennington in less than six hours, though it was the first time the car was ever out. The machine is a dandy, carries sail well and minds her helm well like the wife of a Nantucket skipper."

Wager's book series is called "Bennington History: A Colorized Journey Through the 19th-20th Century." Two books in the series have been published.




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