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[p. 83] felt and kept flat in a filing case in the library. Since that time we had occasion to seek information contained in those that are missing. Our only resort was the public library. Some bundles were brought us and 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 journalist.

A source of regret it is that from 1857 to 1880, and practically those other two years, the doing in Medford the papers told of is lost, and that so little opportunity is available for the rest. In a nearby suburban city at the present time its early newspapers (since 1845) are being carefully searched and indexed and important happenings tabulated. In those early years an outlay of two or three dollars a year would have saved these Medford papers for future use.

We have been told that ‘they were not worth binding’ (meaning, doubtless, in present condition). But we hold that a local weekly which tells of current events is worthy of preservation if worthy of publication. But to fold a newspaper page into eight squares is not a preservative method, nor yet is it well to leave the accumulated papers exposed to the sunlight. Wood pulp paper has not the enduring qualities of rag paper of earlier days.

We have thus tried to present a correct statement which may be confidently referred to in the future, but haven't exhausted our subject, which grows as we consider it.

Present space forbids much which might be written of the influence of the Medford press, as well as of its record of current events.


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