The past, colorized: The home of A.J. Cooper, circa 1900

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BENNINGTON — 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 see the home of A.J. Cooper on Hillside Street, circa 1900. "Mr. Cooper was one of the owners of Cooper Knitting located at the corner of Main and Beech Streets," Wager said. "In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt visited this home for a luncheon during his Bull Moose run for president. The home was demolished in the early 1960s to make way for the new Second Congregational Church."

If you're interested in learning more about the colorization process Wager uses, Callie Raspuzzi, collection manager of the Bennington Museum, will be giving a presentation at 2 p.m. at the museum. This presentation will describe the step-by-step process that begins with glass plate negatives and ends up in a fantastical riot of color. Raspuzzi will also show examples of contemporary hand-colored images and compare them to Wager's digital work. There is no charge.

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