535 Commercial Street

Joyce and Al Jaffee, 535 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Joyce and Al Jaffee, 535 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Al Jaffee, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

Al Jaffee, by David W. Dunlap (2013).

His sign, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

His sign, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Mary Oliver, from The Provincetown Banner.

Mary Oliver, from The Provincetown Banner.

Joyce Jaffee, subject of the best traffic sign in town (pictured), summers here with her husband, the artist and humorist Al Jaffee (pictured), a contributor to Mad magazine since 1955 and creator of the Mad Fold-In. Roslyn and Lawrence Roose were among the residents of Eldred Mowery Jr.’s Waterfront Apartments who formed a co-op in the 1970s. Frank Regan, the caretaker with his partner, Don Sterton, said it was called the “Kibbutz” because there were initially so many Jewish owners. (Except the Blooms, Joyce said, who were Swedish.) Mary Oliver (pictured), a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose plain-spoken verse employs the Cape end’s poignant beauty as a perpetual lesson in life, lived here until recently, when she sold her unit to Margaret Murphy.


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