PSYCHEDELIC PROVINCETOWN (1969)

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The year is 1969. Today is what we like to call “Freaky Friday” on our Facebook posting of the American Photo Colorizing blog. Today’s post fits the description to a “T”. Our colorized photo was taken at Provincetown, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, in August 1969 – the same month that gave us the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in Bethel, New York.

Provincetown has always been a free-spirited artist and musician colony. However, from the Summer of ’67 through the Summer of ’69, Provincetown exploded into a colorful combination of Carnaby Street-style boutiques and Haight-Ashbury psychedelic poster & head shops. And it sat among the sand dunes, jutting out at the end of the Cape into the Atlantic Ocean (as it still does).

Having been a young teenager during the late ’60s, I have a fondness for Op-Art, Pop-Art, and Dayglo Psychedelic poster art. I used to create my own black lite posters back then. Today’s photo is of a boutique along Commercial Street, known as The Handicrafter. This shop is a perfect example of psychedelic house painting in the late-’60s.

To round off this ode to the days of Flower Children and Hippies – we’ve posted slides taken by my father, along with a couple groovy video clips for your viewing pleasure!

1969 - Provincetown - The Handicrafter (BW)

1969 - Provincetown - The Handicrafter

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the exciting, vibrant lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos. Your ancestors are counting on you!

ORIGINAL COLOR PHOTOS OF COMMERCIAL ST. – PROVINCETOWN, MA (AUGUST 1969)

Provincetown Slide 1

Provincetown Slide 2

Provincetown Slide 3

Provincetown Slide 4

Provincetown Slide 5

Provincetown Slide 6

Provincetown Slide 7

Provincetown Slide 8

Provincetown Slide 11

BELOW IS THE LOCAL “TOWN CRIER”. HE WALKS UP AND DOWN COMMERCE STREET,
RINGING HIS BELL AND PROCLAIMING, “TEN O’CLOCK AND ALL IS WELL!”
THE TOWN CRIER OF PILGRIM DAYS WOULD REPORT THE LATEST NEWS & JUIICY GOSSIP.
YOU MIGHT SAY HE WAS KIND OF A 17th CENTURY “E CHANNEL”. (AUGUST 1968)

Provincetown Slide 10A

Provincetown Corner

HIPPIE BODY PAINTING IN PROVINCETOWN

STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK – “RAINY DAY MUSHROOM PILLOW” (1968)

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