Exhibit 1: Lantern Slides
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Collection Edwin B. Worthen Collection
Date of photo 1890
Description Lexington Center from Grant Street, looking down Massachusetts Avenue toward the Common.

"It is not an unusual thing to hear someone remark that they regret the changes which have transformed Lexington from a delightful little country town into a suburb of Boston, not vastly different in many respects from its neighbors. If the person speaking was born here he wishes Lexington might always be as it was in his youth; if he came here from Somerville in 1916, he he wishes Lexington might always be as it was in 1916. We don't exactly agree on which "Old Lexington" we prefer, and are not so sure we would be happy without Town water, electric lights or automobiles.

So just for fun we'll pick out the year 1890 and say we would like to live in a nice village as Lexington was then. As the greatest change has been in the center of the town, let's see how it looked 47 years ago. This view is from Grant Street looking toward the Common."
Object ID Worthen.slide54
Object Name Transparency, Lantern-slide
Search Terms Grant Street
Lexington Center
Massachusetts Avenue
Subjects Streets
Town center
Title Massachusetts Avenue from Grant Street
The Edwin B. Worthen Collection, Cary Memorial Library

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