Carved in 1930 – Still Relevant Today

Dogtown, circa 1930 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
When Gloucester property owner Roger Babson hired unemployed Cape Ann stonecutters during the Great Depression in the early 1930s, he left us with carvings on 24 boulders in Dogtown. Scattered across 3,600 now densely forested acres, they inspire to this day, and I post this one for this year’s high school and college graduates, as well as for the rest of us.
Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #8857-337
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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5 Responses to Carved in 1930 – Still Relevant Today

  1. Allison Sigrist says:

    I was walking with my spouse in Dogtown this past weekend and was telling her about this stone, but was paraphrasing from the guide book – I quoted it as “Never Try, Never Fail” which is also true, but not quite as uplifting a perspective. I guess I wasn’t feeling particularly ambitious that day!

  2. Trying is the first step to failure.


  3. I love this one Fred. I’ve had a picture of this rock hanging above my desk for two years now…

  4. Always amazes me how much the flora and fauna have grown when viewing old photos. I’m out in Dog Town all the time and it is definitely “densely forested” now. Thanks for all your photos, Fred.

    • Fredrik Bodin says:

      One of these days I’m going to post a 1914 Dogtown photo with even less flora and fauna than this one. In it, you can clearly see the Gloucester skyline in the distance.

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