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BoxCar Media/Legacy Banks Sharing Bill Tague Photo Legacy With Public

12:00AM / Thursday, December 07, 2006

One of legendary former Berkshire Eagle photographer Bill Tague's photos. iberkshires.com is hosting an on-line exhibit of Tague's collection.
BoxCar Media and Legacy Banks are working together to bring to life an historic collection of photographs by the late Bill Tague, the Berkshire Eagle photographer who captured the lives of Berkshire County residents for more than four decades.

The archived collection of 50,000 images covering much of Tague’s career at The Berkshire Eagle was maintained by Irene Tague, Bill’s widow. The rights to digitize the collection have been granted to BoxCar Media, and Legacy Banks will serve as the lead sponsor in helping to return this treasure to the community.

The images are available for viewing by the general public online at www.iberkshires.com with new photographs rotating into the display on a regular basis.

Additionally, a selected number of the photographs will be on exhibit at Legacy Banks branch offices throughout Berkshire County during the first part of 2007. Legacy Banks will further feature the images in a special 2007 edition of its annual calendar as well as portray the photographs through other public vehicles.

In commenting about the reason for sponsoring the collection, Legacy Banks Senior Vice President of Marketing Charles Troccia said, “The work that Bill Tague did in capturing the most memorable Berkshire County moments during the last half of the 20th Century is a treasure that should be cherished for generations to come. Just as Legacy Banks and its predecessor institutions have been serving the residents of the Berkshires for decades, we wanted to offer our customers and those who visit, the opportunity to re-live some of their most exciting experiences through these compelling images”

“I am happy to have kept Bill’s legacy alive, patience and perseverance are the key," said Irene Tague, Bill Tague's widow.

"I am pleased that Legacy Banks and Boxcar Media have teamed up to give Bill’s collection a new life,” she said.

“We are proud to be working with Irene Tague, Bill’s widow, to digitize this amazing, nostalgic collection,” said Osmin Alvarez, CEO of Boxcar Media. “From images of Mount Greylock through the seasons and candid portraits of faces at Tanglewood, to telling shots of Norman Rockwell and pastoral Berkshire landscapes, there is something that will touch everyone who has ever lived in or visited the area.”

Members of the public will be offered the opportunity to purchase prints of their favorite photographs from the online display, and additional opportunities with the images will be available as the multi-year exhibit evolves.

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It is GRAND what you are doing with Bill's Eagle Eye photos. Where can I see more? I watched for them weekly for many years. 56 years ago, Bill's wife Irene was a contestant with me in the Pittsfield Winter Carnival Queen contest! We competed by selling the most carnival "buttons" to the public, raising hundreds of dollars for the Parks and Recreation committee. Irene just barely beat me out for 1st place, becoming the reigning queen for the year while I had to settle for her "lady-in-waiting". We were honored at a formal ball at the Wendell Hotel at the end of the contest. It was great fun!!
Hello,Irene from Connie G-L Pajeski
from: Constance Grand-Lienard Pajeskion: 02-11 00:00:00-2007


 
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