Cape Ann Granite Company in Receivership

This is the catalog cover, and this is the date when the Rockport Granite Company buys the Cape Ann Granite Co. for the sum of $90,000.00

This was the first acquisition by the Rockport Granite Company, which by 1915 will essentially own the entire granite production of Cape Ann.CAGCatalog_cover


Quarry Men Had Sharp Eyesight

In the midst of the chaos of loose stone, rubble and rock, the quarry worker needed to keep his eye out, and ear ready for the warning sound of an imminent blast.

Knowing where to stand was often the difference between safety and a bad industrial accident. Which makes photographs of quarries very interesting – most of the time the men are all paused from working. They see the camera and they see us. In this photo of Bay View, Cape Ann, everyone is paused. I’ll return to the image again tomorrow to give a full accounting  of  how many men are “Standing Down.”


In the world of quarrying there were no romantic sunsets

Once a quarry was deeply opened, the romance of sitting on a large granite bolder to watch sunset was lost, at least until the quarry closed and vegetation and landscape familiar to us returned. This 1909 image is a view of what is now known and enjoyed as  Halibut Point State Park. While quarried it was called ‘Babson Quarry.’ Unique for its location directly adjacent to the Atlantic, the quarry produced large courses of granite which were transported by train down to Folly Cove Pier.


Under the Eye of the Eagle – Corporate Branding at the Turn of the 20th Century


One of the most complex monument projects undertaken by The Rockport Granite Company was the contract to cut and assemble 4 sixteen-foot high eagles for the Boston Customhouse clock tower. Completed in 1915 the eagles were touted as being the largest in the United States at that time. The assembled eagles, perched nearly 500 feet atop the Customhouse tower, provided the Rockport Granite Company with an elevated visibility and the Company shrewdly incorporated the Eagle as ‘The King of Rocks.’ The Company’s advertising portfolio cover trumpeted their accomplishment.