The past, colorized: Traffic on Main Street, 1960


The time: 1960. The place: Main Street in Bennington, looking east from the Four Corners. This image, colorized by Tim Wager from a photo in the Bennington Museum collection, was taken after the fire that destroyed the Harte Block.

"On the left is the Village Nook, Adams Clothing, a toy store operated by the Harte family and Union Fern, which was a furniture chain store out of New York," Wager said. On the right, he said, are Carroll's Pharmacy, Atkin's Jewelry, Evans News, Richard's Restaurant, Dragon's Shoes, Fruitland Bakery, Jennie Yett's, the Bennington Banner office, Bennington Bookshop, Fashion Fair, Paradise Restaurant, Woolworth's, Fienberg's (with Kings popcorn truck in front), Fishman's, Nichol's, Quinlan's Pharmacy, Sears, Burt Brothers and the Harte Theater, which was closed when this was taken.

Car spotters might be interested in the yellow 1958 Studebaker sedan, headed west, and parked at the curb behind it, the dark blue 1960 Edsel station wagon. And if anyone can identify the police officer standing by the clock, please drop us an email at



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