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Tim Wager

A Colorized Journey

Through the 19th-20th Century

Being a self described, self taught computer NERD with a need to try anything once, this is my new venture, the Art of colorizing historical Black & White images of my home town, Bennington, Vermont.

plunge into the past

Every image shown here is cropped from the original Black & White glass plate negative. 

Because I wasn’t around 120 years ago, the colors I used are my personal preference in what I envision they would have been. All colors used come from various color palettes of the era.

More on this project

Tim has released several books with colorized photographs of his home town Bennington, Vermont and is running several  Facebook Group’s including “Bennington History, After Dirt Was Invented”.   

Perfection in every detail

Using various software programs with modern technology (I do not use Photoshop), a few years of trial and error, and I’m off to colorize as many Black & White images as possible. This task ls more than simply colorizing, it requires preparing the Images by adjusting light levels, contrast, shadowing and eliminating haze from images created by the glass plate negatives. 

1901, Market in Bennington, Vermont, in full color.

life scenes

 After that there is the research to create the proper era color palette. From there, it’s place headphones on head, crank up the volume and drift off Into the 19th – 20th Century.

Visit Locations

I would like to thank Callie Raspuzzi of the Bennington Museum for her constant help on this project, Lisa Verschoor for her help in creating the cover and all of the members of my Facebook Group Page, “Bennington History, After Dirt Was Invented”

About Tim

Tim Wager is an outstanding colorizer and a history enthusiast from Bennington, Vermont USA.