Unique Provincetown on the Tip of Cape Cod

Provincetown on the tip of the Cape has well been called the most unique town in the country for certainly there is just one Provincetown and nothing like it anywhere else. It is the oldest town on the Cape and has always been the center of a great fishing industry. Its street are more winding lands making the town the Mecca for hundreds of artists.                                                                             

179 Commercial Street Provincetown, Cape Cod

179 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Cape Cod

The above text comes directly from the above Post Card published in about 1940 from the look of the cars in the picture, by E.D. West in West Yarmouth, Cape Cod and is called an ” CT-Art Colortone”. Recognize the corner? The illustration shows the town at an earlier time when newspapers, magazines, and telegrams were the main forms of communication along with the old rotary dial telephone. This was back when you needed to pick up the phone and ask the local operator to connect you to the four digit town number you were trying to reach and there were “party lines” shared by multiple households trying to economize.  The murder mystery Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook is set in more recent history– approximately 1990– but the town continues to change. Pick up a copy of the book at your favorite local bookstore or order it online. Like us on facebook and keep the conversation going.

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At bookstores that include the Provincetown Bookshop.

At bookstores that include the Provincetown Bookshop.

Provincetown Cape Cod 19th Century Landscape

19th century Provincetown Cape Cod

19th century Provincetown Cape Cod

What did Provincetown, that lively town on the tip of Cape Cod, look like before there were big motels? Stand on the corner of Commercial Street and Kendall Lane on the town’s East End and imagine. Once upon a time before there was a big parking lot and a pool for the Surf Side Arms Motor Inn on this left corner, there were mature trees and a white picket fence. Kendall Lane was an actual dirt lane, not a paved street.  It was a setting that invited strollers who chatted and admired the greenery on their way towards the town landing near by.
How times have changed. But it’s fun to look at the above antique postcard and remember. Want to remember the 1990s? Pick up a copy of the murder mystery Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook, this year’s favorite new book set in Provincetown. Buy a copy at the Provincetown Bookshop or online. It’s available as a trade paperback and an ebook. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going!

Remaining in Provincetown  By S.N.Cook.  Truro Works. 306 pages  $12.95 Trade Paperback

Remaining in Provincetown
By S.N.Cook.
Truro Works. 306 pages
$12.95 Trade Paperback

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1951 in Provincetown Cape Cod

Center of Provincetown  mid 20th century

Center of Provincetown mid 20th century

This colorful vintage postcard was mailed to Troy, New York  the summer of 1951 and says, “This is really wonderful here. Just finished a shore dinner.”.  Look closely at this picture and you will see the sign for “The Lobster Pot” restaurant in the very same spot it is today 62 years later, although the sign does look different. Wonder if that is where “Mary, Jack, and Jimmy” enjoyed their shore dinner.
Love the classic cars! If you enjoy remembering Provincetown the way it used to be a few decades ago, check out Remaining in Provincetown by S.N.Cook, available at your favorite local bookstores including the Provincetown Bookshop on Commercial Street (autographed) and also online as a trade paperback and ebook. Like us on Facebook and keep the conversation going.

At bookstores that include the Provincetown Bookshop.

At bookstores that include the Provincetown Bookshop.

Remaining in Provincetown  By S.N.Cook.  Truro Works. 306 pages  $12.95 Trade Paperback

Remaining in Provincetown
By S.N.Cook.
Truro Works. 306 pages
$12.95 Trade Paperback

Provincetown Cape Cod Vacation Season

Board of Trade Building Provincetown, Cape Cod

Board of Trade Building
Provincetown, Cape Cod

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Beautiful beaches, a monument to climb, numerous art galleries and shops to visit, all make Provincetown the gem of Cape Cod. Shown above in this antique postcard is the Board of Trade Building, founded in 1899, which became incorporated a the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce in 1957. If you arrive by Boat, it should be the first place you stop, located at the base of MacMillan Pier, for tourist information. The Mission of the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce  “This organization shall encourage and promote the civic, commercial, and social betterment of the Town of Provincetown for residents and visitors.”

Providing visitor information that focuses on the GLBT  tourism (Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender) is the Provincetown Business Guild located downtown at 3 Freeman Street.  The Provincetown Business Guild sponsors the famous Carnival week of events, that started back in 1978.

There’s a lot of do for visitors, whatever your sexual orientation. Provincetown has always been a town where you can be yourself. Ever wonder what the town is like in the off season when all the tourists have gone home? Read the new mystery novel Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook, sold at stores and online at  the Provincetown Bookshop and at Amazon in trade paperback on kindle. Like us on Facebook. Keep the conversation going.

New Provincetown Book inspired by Town Crier history

Provinetown, Cape Cod vintage postcard

Provinetown, Cape Cod vintage postcard

A rare antique postcard shows two of Provincetown’s early 20th century Town Criers together in one photograph: George W. Ready and Walter T. Smith. George Washington Ready wore regular street clothes while practicing his profession, clothes that gradually became more old and dilapidated as he advanced in age.  He was known to have a remarkable vocabulary, but in his official capacity as Town Crier, restricted his language to what he was contracted to recite.

Walter T. Smith, known as “Hoppy” Smith served as the Provincetown Town Crier for 27 years and at age 78 resigned his post due to lameness in 1927.   (Perhaps he walked with a hopping gait and thereby the nickname?) The July 16, 1927 Farmers Advocate newspaper published in their weekly issue that “he is believed to be the last Town Crier in the country”  But of course her was not the last Town Crier, because Amos Kubik went on to succeed him, as documented in a 1938 Provincetown Advocate article about Kubik making a trip from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Washington D.C.  to perform at the National Folk Festival on the Mall.

In the 1980s Gene Poyant went on to revive the Town Crier Tradition on Cape Cod and now the calling of being a Town Crier has been revived in many cities globally. There is a World Invitational Town Crier Championship from August lst to August 5, 2013 in Kingston Ontario.

And while Provincetown doesn’t currently have a Town Crier it might have been an inspiration for the name of a local magazine because freedom of the press and breaking up the monopoly of one small town newspaper is a big issue with the characters in the new Provincetown book Remaining in Provincetown by S.N. Cook.   Antique postcards are also important in the story. Native son Sonny Carreiro is an obsessive collector.  Haven’t read the book yet? Signed copies are for sale at the Provincetown Bookshop and copies are also available online  in trade paperback and on kindle.  Find out what people are talking about on our Facebook page.

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Remaining in Provincetown  By S.N.Cook.  Truro Works. 306 pages  $12.95 Trade Paperback

Remaining in Provincetown
By S.N.Cook.
Truro Works. 306 pages
$12.95 Trade Paperback