d some drew on their imagination—and sometimes the engraver added a little for effect.
It is an interesting study to follow the various gradations, as seen in such illustrations, in points of time and process.
In 1851 Frederic Gleason began, in Boston, to publish his famous pictorial weekly.
His illustrations were on a larger scale, engraved on wood, and though the invention of Daguerre was in 1839, there is little evidence of its being employed in the Pictorial.
The tornado of August 23, 1851, is there depicted, the locality being the site of the West Medford postoffice and opposite.
How artists' views might differ can be seen in a view of the same place and occurrence in the Illustrated National Mirror.
In 1855 came the publication of the History of Medford, by Rev. Charles Brooks, and in this are eight steel engravings.
Medford had then the Daguerreian Rooms of O. R. Wilkinson, not as yet styled a photographer.
His work forms the basis of three of these.