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Corey Hill from Beacon St.
Beacon St.. & Brandon Hall, 1903
Brandon Hall, Beacon St., 1912
1560 Beacon St.
Built in 1892 for Benjamin Lombard Jr., a banker and real estate executive. The Lombards moved to 349 Coomonwealth Ave. circa 1905 and King Gilette, the inventor of the modern razor blade, bought the house circa 1907 and lived there until 1913. The house was torn down in 1944.
1575 Beacon St., March 1921
[Source: Olmsted]
Virginia Aiken and Babcock Electrics, circa 1912
Virginia Elsie Aiken is pictured in front of the Hotel Beaconsfield, 1731 Beacon St., (destroyed by fire in 1966) driving one of the demonstration cars for Babcock Electric, a firm that first employed her as a teenager. Born in 1895, she moved from Chicago to Brookline, around the age of 16, and attended the Runkle School.

She lived with her father's sister Viola and Viola's husband, Day Baker, first at 145 Winthrop Road then at 33 Dwight St. Her uncle was the New England representative for the General Vehicle Co. (Buffalo, NY) and head of the Electric Vehicle Club of Boston. Remarkably, while still at the Runkle School, Virginia assumed the position of New England representative of the Buffalo-based Babcock Electric Carriage Company, responsible for sales throughout the six-state region. Aiken operated out of the Brandon Garage at 643 Washington Street, where she maintained an office, employed a stenographer and a bookkeeper, and kept several models of Babcock Electrics to demonstrate to prospective buyers.

Extensive details are avalable at Muddy River Musings.
Beacon St., 1912
Washington Sq., 1909
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Fire Station, Washington Sq.
With first steamer, bought in 1873
Washington Sq. Engine #2 House
Washington St., Washington Sq. In use today. Engine relocated from Devotion Engine House
Washington Sq. Engine #2 House
Team from Washington Sq. Engine #2 Combination 4 House
Across the street from the fire house. 676 Washington St. is to the left, still standing. He tall man with the moustache is identified as Jack Norton.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Washington Sq. Engine #2 Combination 4 House
Washington Sq. Engine #2 Combination 4 House, Snow Plow
Washington Sq. Engine #2 Combination 4 House
From Winthrop Rd., Looking At Corey Hill
Beacon St., West of Marion St., 1887
Looking west at the Clark house (formerly the Otis Withington house), roughly located at today's Lancaster Terrace. At the far left of the photo is Washington Sq.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St., East of Washington Sq., 1887
Looking east at the Clark house (formerly the Otis Withington house). Today's Lancaster Terrace would be just beyond it.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. heading East from Washington Sq.
Corey Hill on the left.
Beacon St., Looking East From Washington St., 1887
In the distance at the top of the hill is the Clark house (formerly the Otis Withington house).

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
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