Portuguese Crowning of the Imperitor, circa 1950

Crowning of the Imperitor, Gloucester, circa 1950 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin

Since 1902, Gloucester’s Catholic community gives thanks to God by celebrating the Crowning of the Imperitor. Proceeding down Prospect Street, Our Lady of Good Voyage Church is just out of the frame on the left. The girls I’ve been able to identify are, from left to right: Sandy Saville; Judy Sears Cote (whose mother made the dresses); Sandra Lawler Olsen; and Loraine Mitchell. Mary Dahlmer Mesquite is on the porch. If you recognize any of the other girls, please let me know.
Printed from the original 4×5 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Negative # JC-007
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

One thought on “Portuguese Crowning of the Imperitor, circa 1950

  1. A couple corrections, if I may.
    Crowning the Imperator is a service of the Portugese/American community in Gloucester which is held at Our Lady of Good Voyage Catholic church. It was instigated at the urging of Capt. Joe. Mesquite who donated the first crown. He also donated the carillion bells and brought them from Portugal to Gloucester where they were installed in Our Lady’s Church. His daughter was Mary Mesquite and that should be the caption on the photo. Mary married my grandfather, Capt. John A. Dahlmer in the early 1950s when she became Mary Mesquite Dahlmer. She was also one of the first to learn how to play the carillions.


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