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The elder Thatcher Magoun's residence, now the Public Library (which has been noted in the Register) is shown, and the same process was followed in it, as also in view of Medford square, which, as it is Medford's civic center, deserves special mention. Its point of view is at the entrance of Salem street. As we look up High street today we see nothing that is in the picture save the three well-preserved Hall houses. It is a typical New England village scene of the 50's.

The town-house is the dominant feature, its pillared portico elevated several steps above the sidewalk; at the street corner is the tall granite post, then known as ‘Howe's folly,’ surmounted by an equally tall lamppost. Signboards over the four side-doors show that stores were in the first story and more steps elevated.

A passenger has alighted from the stage-coach, a rider on horseback is at the water-trough, but the town pump, if ‘in working order,’ leans towards the tall barber's pole between the lofty sycamores before the Dr. Tufts house.

Two white canvas-topped wagons are in the square, and several groups of people, most of these, with all the horses, headed westward. Two boys and a dog are in the immediate foreground, a woman carrying a parasol is hastening away from where an animal of the porcine genus is having his transit disputed by a sizable dog.

Medford had its skyscrapers then. A four-story one (where the Elks' building now is), and another almost as tall farther on; still another of two stories, where is now the post-office, then the imposing edifice of the ‘Orthodox’ parish, on the site of present store of Page & Curtin.

Other buildings were farther on, but are indistinct because of the dense foliage of trees. This is the most comprehensive view we have. Its details are preserved in various photographs and printed views in the Historical Society's collection.

Another view in the Brooks history is notable, the residence of the younger Thatcher Magoun, as seen

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