[p. 11] Medford
(in 1892) we have only seen our own copy, and of Medford
only one, that in the Historical rooms, until recently, when a package of them came to the Society.
Being bird's eye views, the artist's points of vision must have been in the air
over Oak Grove cemetery and Winter hill
Of its artistic merits we can say little, but for its comprehensive outlook they convey a fair idea of the extent and lay-out of the two sections of the city.
Doubtless they could be improved upon, for we notice that these are not photographic views, as were those of Mr. Brooks
, but the reproduction of drawings made after a walk through all the streets.
These bear the imprint, ‘O. B. Bailey
& Co., Lith. & Pub., Boston
Now that instantaneous photography and the aeroplane have come, it is possible to secure views of Medford
, necessarily up to date, but to answer the query ‘How did the old
we must consult such as we have herein named and such others as may from time to time be found.
We ought not to close this review, covering nearly a century of time, without mentioning the excellent work of the Medford Publishing Company
in ‘Medford Past and Present
’ (1905), illustrations to be found in years since 1884 in the Mercury
, in the Leader
, the various other (some short-lived) papers, the ‘275th Anniversary Proceedings
’ and the Historical Society's collection.
Lastly (and modestly, we trust), we refer to the illustrations in the Register during its twenty-five years of publication.
It was fortunate that a Medford boy, who told us of old Ship street, had the gift and ability to also present the view of it, reproduced in Vol.
IV, No. 4.
Those who saw him build the ship at the Society
's November meeting and watched (as he drew the picture) Deacon Galen James
coming up the street in his oldtime sleigh loaded with children and with children hanging on behind realize something of Mr. Woolley
's peculiar aptness for such work.
To the sketching artist with pencil or brush we are