The world of selling stone was an intense competitive market. Contracts were not self-sustaining, nor were they renewable. You took stone out of the ground, shaped it either as paving stone, dimension stone or monument stone, it got shipped – then placed. And you were on to the next contract. Work stoppages and slowdowns in a quarry were throttled by strikes, bad weather, or contract cancellation. You always had an eye out for what was cut, what needed to be cut from the quarry floor.
This image is of the Charlestown Navy Yard, showing deterioration of concrete masonry on the East side of Pier No.1, July 1, 1907. The Rockport Granite Company hired photographers to show examples of bad concrete uses, as a means of securing contracts for granite replacements