|Bob McCamley and Ron Tipton during our first visit to Provincetown, Mass - 1974|
Here it is folks, some of my photos from my summer vacations in Provincetown, Massachusetts during the Seventies. I have posted some of these photos in previous blogs and have had requests from several of my readers to post more. I'll post what I have now. I may have posted some of these photos before so please excuse any duplication.
|By the way, I have resumed my "cowboy" Olde Time Photos - this from last year at Rehoboth Beach with my friend Larry - 2011|
I'll scan the rest of my photos into my computer in the coming weeks and I'll also post them. I hope these photos bring back as many pleasant memories for those of you who were part of that special time during true Seventies and Eighties which was "P-Town Freedom."
I remember the first time I visited Provincetown. I'll always remember the year because the time was during the Watergate hearings in the summer of 1974. My good friend Bob McCamley and I had heard so much about "P-town" that we decided we would take the town by the storm. We were both young and hot (looking and hormones) so what could be better? We considered ourselves butcher than the average gay guy so we insisted on staying at a "butch" place. The place we chose was "The Ranch."
|"The Ranch" - 198 Commercial Street Provincetown, Mass - our butch accommodations - 1974|
We arrived in Provincetown Saturday night, after an eight plus hour drive in Bob's pickup truck, looking for "The Ranch." We thought "The Ranch" was some kind of dude ranch. Sure. Uh huh. The address was 198 Commercial Street. As any regular visitor to the gay mecca known as P-Town in the Seventies knows, Commercial Street is the main drag (no pun intended, well maybe) of Provincetown. And Saturday night? The street was packed!
|"The Ranch" map - we couldn't find any horses!|
We didn't know what to make of the whole situation. This wasn't how we envisioned Provincetown and The Ranch. Commercial Street was clogged with same sex couples holding hands, kissing, arms around shoulders, laughter, sights, laughter, screams, yells. WHAT WAS THIS? We felt at home because of the relaxed atmosphere.
|Gino, Bob and Brad - sitting in court at Angels' Landing - 1980|