The Hat, the shirt, the tools, the seat

All available from the Company Store in Pigeon Cove

from the Bay State Granite Company Series

from the Bay State Granite Company Series

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The Coney Island Jetties – Nov. 1 1922

from the Granite Cutters Journal May 1922:
“The Rockport Granite Company, which is the only company on the Cape doing any granite cutting at present has a large contract for large grout, they have some jetties to build at Coney Island, N.Y., and as the question of wages are settled for a year for the quarrymen, they having accepted a 13 percent reduction in wages, business in that line is as brisk as the weather and other conditions will permit. The company has a number of large barges which carry coal to different New England ports, take a return cargo of granite to New York where two of the company’s lighters unload them of the 1000 tons cargo and also help build the jetties.”

-Thomas Harris-

Coney Island Jetty

Coney Island Jetty

Moving Beyond the Noise and Nostalgia of Looking at Old Photos

Just now, after a decade of looking at, and reflecting over, quarry photo after quarry photo, I have stumbled across a 13 image sequence which stand as a unique view of life in a Cape Ann Quarry, circa 1870s. These 13 photos are among the  greatest photos of Cape Ann Quarries I have ever witnessed.

There is a noisy excitement in viewing old images, an easy nostalgia with which we think to connect. I believe there is a challenge to immediacy, of involving all our senses, which might, with diligence permit us to stand as in the moment of when a photographer stood amidst the quarry workers and their rock.

Here is something seemingly simple:

What is unusual about this image?

workers