5 Cook Street

Pretty as a postcard, 5 Cook Street was in the left foreground of one of the more popular views of Provincetown in the early 20th century: a vista straight down Cook Street toward the harbor. There were several versions of the view, enhanced by the retouching artists at the postcard company. One shows the street empty. Another, pictured in this entry, shows the street peopled. A third also shows people, but they are about the height of the fence pickets. Perhaps the retoucher was sick on the day perspective was taught in art school.

All three view can be seen in the Scrapbooks of Althea Boxell. The house was owned in 1910 by F. I. Sears and in 1956 by Neil G. Nickerson. • Historic District SurveyAssessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-11-17

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