Unique Display Of Provincetown Views By Nickerson
Large 18" x 23" panel on which are assembled 16 photographs by G. H. Nickerson [his cats are shown in Lot 93] scenes of this town at the end of Cape Cod. The views are various sizes from 4 ½" x 7 ½" to 2 ½" x 5". Some have corners cropped to allow the most content of the images to be displayed, as they butt closely together, and the smallest ones are mounted sideways. This seems to have been a display panel to show a selection of Nickerson's most popular views. It is surely a unique object. Most of the views are known in stereo view format, and many are illustrated and discussed in the informative Dover Book "Old Provincetown in Early Photographs" by Irma M. Ruckstuhl.
Among the major views are the wharf, a busy street, fishermen mending nets, Central House, the largest beached whale, drying fish. The edges are worn and the surface is discolored, soiled, with some flecks of wear, but still a unique and attractive object for those fascinated by Provincetown and its history. [D2-]