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existence the Journal vanished, leaving the field alone to the Chronicle. Neither of these papers ever used any illustrations which we can recall; they bear no evidence, as neither publisher preserved any file. Only a few stray copies show what the papers were and give visible evidence that such existed. In 1880 the Mercury began its long career, and two years later acquired the Chronicle's interest by purchase. During the agitation of the town hall proposition, its editor visited Marblehead at request and inspected the municipal building, Abbot Hall, which had been but recently erected at a cost of $70,000, wrote an elaborately detailed description of it, and by courtesy of the Marblehead Messenger presented an excellent view of that structure, heading its two-column article. This appeared on March 28, 1884, and is (doubtless) the first illustration to appear in the Medford press, and this because, in the opinion of leading citizens, its like would suitably fill the bill in
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
more known of this last vessel, as a ship of that size would be a curiosity, and would look almost like a toy. A vessel about sixty-five feet long and fifteen feet wide would figure out about that tonnage, by the rules used at that time. In Marblehead is a picture of the ship Hope, commanded by Capt. Asa Hooper, of which there is a tradition that she was built in Medford. The picture bears the date 1799. Benjamin and Ebenezer Hall had interests in vessels in the coasting trade and with td with the utmost care we examined them till we found in the issue of March 28, 1884, the object of our search—the first illustration (other than advertising cuts) used in a Medford paper. It was a view of Abbot Hall, the municipal building of Marblehead, reproduced by the courtesy of the Marblehead Messenger,—a result of the town hall agitation. Since then the various Medford papers have been more or less illustrated, especially since the camera became so popular. It is a great help to the j