May 30 - 1952: $4 a day for food and rooms were $2 a night

1971: John Kerry's claim to fame. 2006: Five sailors survive gale for three days
Edward Hopper painted "Lee Shore" on the Lower Cape in the same era as that depicted in the New York Times article below. Private collection.

1952: A bygone, bucolic era recalled by the founder of The Cape Codder

$4 a day for food and rooms were $2 a night

The Sunday Travel section of the New York Times on this date in 1952 featured a sales pitch for Cape Cod written by the founder and editor of The Cape Codder weekly.

Jack Johnson had launched the newspaper only a few years before, and still had to eke out a living writing for others.

Three years after this was written, Johnson sold the newspaper to Peggy & Malcolm Hobbs who ran it until the latter's death forty years later. 

Johnson went on to warn visitors that they should allow at least $4 a day for food since dinner alone would cost $1.75, unless it included a good lobster, in which case the price rose to $4.50.  They also should expect to pay $2 a day for a room, or as much as $40 a week for a housekeeping cottage for four people.

Here's Johnson's story:

June Turns Old Cape Cod to Summer Ways by Jack Johnson

HYANNIS, Mass. -- Cape Cod's great stretches of open beach and temperate bathing waters will draw an exceptional volume of summer vacationists from throughout the nation this year. The relatively cool climate, the historical associations and the quiet native charm are other important attractions, but the first lure is the expanse of free beaches and bracing sea waters...

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1971: John Kerry's claim to fame

Vets march from Lexington to Boston included his arrest

On this day in 1971, over 450 anti-war protesters including the future US Senator John Kerry occupied the historic Lexington Green and refused to leave. The Vietnam Veterans Against the War had organized a three-day march from Concord to Boston - Paul Revere's route in reverse. According to Lexington's by-laws, no one was allowed on the Green after 10 PM, so the selectmen denied the protesters permission to camp there. With many townspeople supporting the veterans, an emergency town meeting was held. When no agreement was reached, the veterans and their Lexington supporters decided to remain on the Green.

At 3 AM on Sunday, they were all arrested in the largest mass arrest in Massachusetts history. After being tried, convicted, and fined $5.00 each, they continued their march to Boston.

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2006: Cape Cod Coast Guard saves five off Nantucket

36 foot sailboat Caledonia II had survived 3 days of gale force winds

On this day in 2006 a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, HH-60 helicopter crew rescued five Canadian mariners from a 36-foot sailing vessel, approximately 250 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass about 11 pm, Saturday.

The master of the sailing vessel Caledonia II called the Coast Guard at approximately 4:45 p.m., stating they hit rough weather and no longer felt safe. The master stated that he wanted off of the vessel.

An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod was deployed to affect the rescue.

The Cape Cod based crew hoisted the five people on board the vessel to safety and transported them to Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J. 

Rescued were Philip Carson, 57, David Maclaren, 54, John Crosland, 63, David DeLuca, 65, and Michael Togner, 64. All five men are from Canada. The crew of the Calendonia II had sustained three days of gale force winds and some structural damage to their vessel.

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