Josephine Del Deo was a writer, poet and Muse of True History (to quote Harry Kemp); guardian of the Province Lands, the historical ensemble of Provincetown, the dune shacks and the Center Methodist Church; wife of Sal and mother of Giovanna and Romolo Del Deo; and an early, steady friend of Building Provincetown.
Here they are at home on Atkins-Mayo Road.
And here they are out at Frenchie’s shack.
This is her obituary in The New York Times.
It is hard to imagine Provincetown without Josephine, but I suppose we’ll have to.
As often as I come to here, to the end of it,
Sinking down sunset;
Winging my heart’s passage with the gull,
As often do I rediscover heaven.
Building Provincetown has leapt into the 21st century! It is now available online, through the new Provincetown Library Online Store. With thanks to the ever-innovative Matt Clark, and the ever-supportive Stephen Borkowski, Doug Johnstone and Darlene Van Alstyne.
Noting, with sorrow, the death of William Maynard, as recorded by Rachel White:
Today, myself and our West End neighbors lost our long-time friend, William Maynard.
Bill was my friend, mentor, and art teacher (along with his wife, Gladys, deceased 12 years, with whom I also studied). Bill taught at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, as did his wife. Later, Bill taught at the Mass College of Art and Gladys at Chamberlayne College until they moved permanently to Provincetown in the 1960s after visiting frequently.
Bill continued to paint and sell from his studio in his house at 72A Commercial Street at age 94!
All the neighbors had a genuine concern for Bill’s well-being and began to assist me in making Bill’s life more comfortable. Billy’s passing leaves a huge void to all who knew him and also in the art community in Boston and Provincetown. Some of Bill’s Boston students continued to send photos of current work for critiques and he’d talk to them via phone.
Rest well now, dear friend.
He joins his beloved Gladys and their favorite (last) dog, Toto, whose ashes he saved to all be joined together.
Noting, with sorrow, the death on 22 December of Murray Wax.
The home and studio of the artists Richard Miller and Irving Marantz (and briefly of Robert Motherwell), now owned by Gaby Rilleau.
Read the narrative
View the images
Consult the documents
On 19 August, the book sold out in the Town Clerk’s office. Happily, however, you can still get access to the entries in one of three ways. If you have a smart phone, you can tour the town with Building Provincetown in hand. Go to the app store and download the free Field Trip app from Google. On a desktop or laptop computer, you can call up the entries on this website by clicking here. You can also download the entire book as a PDF by clicking on the image above or on the link below. It’s a large file — about 21.8 megabytes — so it may take some time.
Click here to download Building Provincetown as a PDF.