The past, colorized: Sweet treats, circa 1906

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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, we get a glimpse of Hudson's Ice Cream & Candy Parlor, circa 1906. The parlor was located next to the entrance of the Bennington Opera House / Stark Theater, Wager said.

"The soda bar was solid marble with a four-tap system which mixed carbonated soda with your syrup flavor of choice as God intended, much better than what you get today," he said. "Rumor had it, that there was a bell in the parlor attached to a string and when intermission was about to end at the show, someone from the theater would pull on the string to let patrons know the show was about to restart. For those new to Bennington, this was located in the vicinity of Madison's Brewing on Main Street."

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