The past, colorized: Funeral procession, 1913


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. Wager had thought that this 1913 photograph simply showed Masons marching in a parade on Main Street, until he discovered a burial coffin on one of the carriages. "I ran this past Callie [Raspuzzi, collections manager] at the Museum, and she discovered through old Banner articles that this was in fact the funeral procession for prominent local business owner Olin Scott." According to the Banner, the procession for Scott began at his home on Pleasant Street, and ended at the family plot in Old Bennington. Scott was the proprietor of the Bennington Machine Works, and nearly all of the town's businesses closed down for the funeral as a sign of respect. This image shows Main Street, looking east, with the Masonic Temple on the left.



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