18 Pleasant Street

18 Pleasant Street, by David W. Dunlap.

18 Pleasant Street, by David W. Dunlap.

Norma Holt's portrait of Frances Raymond on Fishermen's Wharf, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Norma Holt’s portrait of Frances Raymond on Fishermen’s Wharf, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

You know the face of Frances (Perry) Raymond. You may not think you know her, but you’ve seen her dozens of times — perhaps hundreds. Hers is the northernmost visage in They Also Faced the Sea on Fishermen’s Wharf (pictured), by Norma Holt and Ewa Nogiec. Mrs. Raymond lived in this Greek Revival-style house after the death in 1956 of her husband, Frank. Together, they had run Skipper Raymond’s Cottages at 27 Bradford. Born in Provincetown to Joseph and Mary (Medeiros) Perry, Mrs. Raymond served as the chief telephone operator, at 100 Bradford, until 1966, when New England Telephone moved over to a direct-dial system. She was awarded the Boston Post Cane in recognition of her standing as the town’s oldest citizen and died at Seashore Point in 2009, in her 104th year.


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