Born in 1906, Reuben Greene was an amateur photographer active in the Village of North Bennington from the 1930s through the 1960s. He died in 1996. His work is a remarkable record of Vermont life in the twentieth century. Mr. Greene had a keen eye for light and composition, and seems to have carried his camera everywhere. He loved to photograph downtown Bennington in the rain, as above, in 1940.
Mr. Greene's work is particularly noteworthy for images of factory life and social functions at the H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Co., where he was long employed. He also extensively documented sandlot baseball games and parades. He produced many portraits of village residents.
He bequeathed his collection of photographs to Lawrence F. Powers, who donated it to The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. Mr. Greene’s color slides were donated by Joel Lentzner.
Original prints of images that are not included in these web pages may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during weekdays at the Vermont Arts Exchange, on Sage Street in North Bennington; and during regular hours in the Hemmings Motor News Vermont History Room in The Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street, in Bennington, Vermont.
There are examples of Mr. Greene's work in many of the photo galleries on this site, particularly those devoted to Cushman Manufacturing Co., baseball and parades.