Sand dunes greet you as you enter the east end of Provincetown in this antique postcard. The houses on Commercial Street don’t look much different than they did 100 years ago in this unique town on the tip of Cape Cod. On Bradford Street, the town’s major two-way thoroughfare, however, it looks quite different. With just two main streets and only a one route out of town, by car, how do you commit a murder and make a clean getaway? In 1990, the approximate year the new novel Remaining in Provincetown takes place, much of the sand dunes and woods had already made way for apartments, condominium complexes, and businesses.
Looking at that post card image, I recall that the gas station name is Socony which stands for Standard Oil Company of New York, the precursor of Mobil Oil. My Dad had a Socony station in Manchester, NH and as a youngster at 10, we pumped gas, changed oil and greased cars with my Dad. BTW, his cut was .5¢ (one-half cent) per gallon. Income really came from his mechanic skills.