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Anybody's Rhubarb: 1942

Anybody's Rhubarb: 1942

April 1942. "Provincetown, Massachusetts. Portuguese grocer." Our third visit to Anybody's Market, purveyor of Monarch Finer Foods. 4x5 acetate negative by John Collier. View full size.


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Ice Cold. Where's the Towel?

I remember that exact Coca-Cola cooler from growing up in the 1950s. After you removed the cap in the opening on the front, there was a towel at the cooler to dry off the bottle. As well as Coke, there were other soft drinks available such as Fanta, 7-Up, or Orange Crush in the amber bottle. Five cents to drink in the store, or seven cents with bottle deposit to take away.

So much to see ...

I've had breakfast at this spot (Liz's Cafe/Anybody's Bar). I've also gone running on Bradford Street and followed it up and over the nearby hill, down to the water. That's to the left as you walk out of the building. Provincetown is one of the multi-faceted gems on the Cape.

What's fascinating to me is the history of the building you can see in the window. Google's views through time reveal that the three-stall garage next door had a second floor added to it sometime after this image. That building was still standing as late as 2011. The next image from 2018 shows that the building was replaced by a snug little two-story house (was on the market in 2019). A quick peek at a real estate ad shows it was a three-bedroom, 1200-square-foot home that sold for $1.3 million in 2021.

The larger three-story building also stands and appears to have been going through a slower renovation including the removal of the asbestos shingles and then gutting of the interior. The plot map seems to show it was part of the sale above! In Massachusetts, we do love to recycle old buildings and flip them for a mint!

Looks like collards to me.

Besides, April is pretty early for rhubarb here in New England. (Although I like it, too.)

Fruit Pyramids

Wonder how many hours that window display took while the fruit was rolling off the shelf?

Lots changed across the street!

Looks like the home across the street seen better days. The garages are gone as well.

Spy vs. Spy

Or maybe there's a more innocent reason Cabral didn't park in front of his own store (it's a ways to the right)

Go ahead!

Kiss that lion!

The truth is not always black and white

How can you tell if that is anybody’s rhubarb? It could very well be, the Swiss’s chard.

[Seasonality and popularity. Plus I like rhubarb. - Dave]

Nice truck!

You can see that truck in the post before, reflected in the fender of the truck at Anybody’s.

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