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An early view of Medford Square.

In Vol. XXVI, No. 1, under caption Views of Medford, we made special note of its illustrations in the histories by Brooks, also by Usher. In this issue we reproduce an earlier view given our Society by Mr. Edward T. Bigelow, as per this letter:—

Plainville, Mass., October 7, 1924.
Mr. E. T. Bigelow, 32 Forest St., Medford, Mass.
Dear Mr. Bigelow:—

Yours of the 4th inst. at hand. I am glad you were interested in the picture. I bought this picture from a man in Billerica. It was in with a lot of pictures of various kinds. The man who had these pictures is E. S. Hascom, and he lives in a little cottage on the Lowell Turnpike, about eight or ten miles north of Winchester. His present wife's former husband made the collection many [p. 56] years ago, and they found them among other antiques in their attic. He knew nothing about them as to where they came from. . . . I am glad to know it is of some interest to the Medford Historical Society. Have you looked on the back of the picture for the names of the buildings, etc?

Yours very truly,


This shaded drawing is nine by thirteen inches, and the names on its back (from left to right) are George Porter's storehouse, Gibson's, Coburn's and Hervey's stores, town hall, post-office, Winneck, postmaster, First Orthodox meeting-house, Dr. Swan's carriage, town pump, old Turell house. The last is incorrect, as the Turell residence was at Winthrop square. The Turell Tufts house, former home of the two doctors Simon Tufts, was at the corner of Forest street till 1867. The fact that Mr. Winneck was postmaster 1853-9 would place the making of this view of the ‘old square, Medford,’ whose written title is reproduced, as between those dates. And now, after the changes of seventy-two years, the Medford post-office is in the same spot. The absence of the brick building east of the Seccomb house raises query as to time of its erection. Note the diminutive structure beyond the town house, and George Porter's storehouse beyond the town house's brick end. We think the artist squeezed the latter on its Main street side but did justice to the ‘orthodox’ steeple.

We hope to present in a later issue views of present Medford square, which will supplement that most comprehensive one in Vol. XXVII, p. 64. We commend an examination of that, as also all others published and available in the Historical Society's collection.

Remember that a centuy ago, when Turell Tufts, Esq., chairman of selecmen, welcomed LaFayette, Medford had no town hall in the market place. [p. 57]

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