June 10 - 1915: Cape Cod movie flops

1925: Joe Lincoln's Cape Cod movie gets a thumbs down. 2006: Turtles off Endangered List
Vintage postcard showing Joseph Lincoln's Cockle Cove home in Chatham.

1925: Movie critics weren't always kind to our authors

Joe Lincoln's books and movies made Cape Cod famous

On this day in 1925, Cape Cod's most famous author, Joe Lincoln, had the premiere of the latest of his books to be made into a silent movie.

This one didn't fare too well, as the review below states:


Joseph C. Lincoln's novels have attained their popularity because he knows how to make the folks down on Cape Cod real to his readers. His stories have the flavor of life in them, and this flavor is derived as often from the quaintness and humor the author sees about him as from the sterner virtues. What the characters do is often less important than how they do it.

The producers of the film version of "Rugged Waters"... seem to have forgotten that...  If Lincoln had written all his novels as they have screened this one, Cape Cod would not be as well known in Medicine Hat and points West as it is today, and the author would not be a best-seller...

Read the rest of this snappy review of an old silent movie below and another review of the book itself here.


(Two postcards showing Joseph Lincoln's Cockle Cove home in Chatham.)

2006: State takes spotted turtles off endangered list

They'll still have their shell but spotted turtles have lost one layer of protection, they've been taken off the state list of species of special concern.

On May 23, 2006, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife voted 5-0 with one abstention and one absentee to remove the spotted turtle and seven other animals, along with three plants, from the list of special concern, threatened or endangered species.

Mass Audubon opposed the de-listing as did numerous herpetologists and the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.

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