The past, colorized: Construction ahead, circa 1907

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This week, Tim Wager's colorized photo takes us to West Main Street in Bennington, where a utility crew is busy at work. The photograph was taken sometime between 1907 and 1911, long before the invention of the orange barrel. On the left are signs for James Silk, Contractor and Builder; Horse Stables; and the Bennington Garage. "The brownish building on left was the Cottage Hotel, which burned down in 1919," Wager said. "The red brick building was the First National Bank, now occupied by Catbird Studio. This area is now the site of Citizens Bank and the Community College of Vermont." A note to fans of Wager's work: The fourth volume in his book series "Bennington History: A Colorized Journey Through the 19th-20th Centuries," goes on sale Nov. 15.

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