The past, colorized: Mud season, 1921

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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. In this week's photo, we see a touring car making its way past the Walloomsac Inn in Old Bennington. In 1921, it was not unusual for automobiles to be fitted with tire chains to tackle the mud. "It's hard to believe that Vermont still has roughly 8,000 miles of roadway that is still gravel which brings up the question of mud vs. potholes," Wager writes. "I'll take the potholes, gravel roads can have both."

Volume III of Wager's book series, "Bennington History: A Colorized Journey through the 19th-20th Century" is now on sale. Copies are available at Willy's Variety and the Bennington Museum Gift Shop, and can be ordered through the museum's website at https://store.benningtonmuseum.org/collections/tim-wager. All profits benefit the Bennington Museum.

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