house, from which Mr. Brooks
took two wonderfully clear views.
One looks back to the college, the other continues on westward to near Fairfield street. Something of East Arlington and West Somerville is shown beyond the Mystic
—whatever came within the eye of the camera.
forbore taking the other beautiful view which would have included his own home on Grove street, now utterly gone.
The Brooks and Hall school
houses, both now gone, Trinity
's first church, the new railway station, then nearly complete, and including the old; a view on High street, one of Boston avenue and another of the lower Mystic pond
and dam complete this collection.
How large an edition of this work of Mr. Brooks
, certainly the finest comprehensive view of Medford
in detail ever published, was issued we cannot say, nor yet by what means or at whose expense.
It may have been privately for his own distribution.
The writer has one of those inscribed ‘West Medford,’ given him some twelve years ago by one of Mr. Brooks
' acquaintances, but was unaware of the existence of the ‘Medford
’ set until the recent acquisition of both by the Historical Society.
Perhaps in the homes of some old Medford
families a few copies may be found, laid away and long forgotten.
These views are a most valuable addition to our knowledge and are indisputable evidence as to the appearance of Medford
forty years ago; and these were in print four years before the publication of the Usher history, still his illustrations were mainly wood cuts.
At that time the subject of a new town hall was being agitated and a little later that of the division of the town.
Two weekly papers were being published in town, indeed there had been for ten years, for just a year after Usher
's venture with the Journal
, A. B. Morss
began the Chronicle
After three years of existence the Journal
vanished, leaving the field alone to the Chronicle
Neither of these papers ever used any illustrations