August 17 -Nat'l. Park bans Nude Bathing. Jos. Lincoln book reviewed

1941: Joseph C. Lincoln's "The New Hope" extolled. 1975: Seashore Park bans nude sunbathing
Famed Chatham author Joseph C. Lincoln had another best seller in 1941.

1941: Joe Lincoln publishes another best seller

"The New Hope" is about Cape Cod in 1814

On this day in 1941, Chatham's famous author Joseph C. Lincoln published another best seller.  Below is the book review that day in the New York Times.  It would not be an exaggeration to say that the enormous success of his books and movies in this era was equal to a multi-million dollar PR campaign for the Cape's tourism.

Cape Cod in 1814; THE NEW HOPE.
By Joseph C. Lincoln and Freeman Lincoln.
498 pp. New York: Coward-McCann. $2.50.

When you come across a book like "The New Hope," by Joseph C. Lincoln and Freeman Lincoln, you are sorry you ever used the word "yarn" and "salty" lightly, because here is a true and accurate use for them. You have the feeling that you are sitting on a Cape Cod wharf listening to an old sea captain spin a yarn...

Read the rest below.


1975: National Seashore bans nude sunbathing

Nudity Ban Aimed at Cape Cod Shore

In 1975 the National Park Service, professing concern about preserving a fragile world of dune and wave, beach plum and seashell, has come up with a novel solution: It is proposing to ban nudity within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The government proposed fines of up to $500 and jail terms up to six months.

The situation at Bush Hollow Beach in Truro reached the breaking point one day the previous August when a park ranger counted 1,200 "nudists" which he estimated were 60 male, 40% female and 15-20 fully-clothed observers, 6 photographers and 20 "homosexuals."

The news stories of the day did not explain how the ranger knew that the six were "homosexuals." welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on