polly simmons willliams

'And so, this is the world I was born into.'

Polly Simmons Williams, born in 1923, has written a lively memoir of her childhood in North Bennington.

Short Berry Cake recounts family life in the village between the two wars. It is illustrated with a wide selection of photographs.

The chapter linked here (11 MB pdf) describes North Bennington in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

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Polly Simmons and her siblings

Main Street 1923


Above, Polly Simmons, cousins Art & Allen, and her brother Fred.

North Bennington's Upper Main Street, left, in the summer of 1923. Proprietor Pete Panos stands in front of his store. Beyond the A&P, the striped barber pole marks Jack Clark's Barber Shop.







Photographs courtesy of Polly Simmons Willliams.