The past, colorized: Bennington Post Office, circa 1914

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Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries from the Bennington Museum collection, and has been sharing them with the Banner. This week's photo, taken circa 1914, shows the rear of the new Post Office, now the Bennington police station, from Union Street. The clock tower of the Bennington County Courthouse and cupola on top of the Opera House are visible. The car is a 1910 Buick surrey, owned by Postman Thomas Halloran, Bennington's first auto-mounted carrier. This automobile was discovered in a barn in 1961 across the street from the museum on the Madden property, then sold to a man in Randolph, New Jersey who completely restored it to its original glory. Halloran used the car to deliver mail to Old Bennington and local mills.


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