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Glass-plate photos found in Brandon uncover Vt. history from 1850s to 1920s

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Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



Glass plate photos Brandon WetPlate014.jpeg
THIS IS JUST one of 13 wet-plate photos developed by Tony Rankin and on display at the Brandon Public Library this week.

BRANDON — A quaint, old Vermont town is a great place to live for any historian, and Kevin Thornton knows that better than anyone. The Civil War and Vermont history expert has been mining the people, stories and archives of Brandon’s past for years. In fact, he made a documentary film, “Death in the Wilderness — A Love Story,” about a Brandon widow who trekked to a Civil War burial site to retrieve her husband’s body and return it to the Green Mountain State. The film is being screened at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Aug. 24-27.

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