Glimpses of Renata's Life

Cover of Late Rapturous


"In the summers, Renata lived in the old West End of Provincetown as a roomer in our (the Gaspar) house, and sometimes with the Bento family, whose house sat at the bottom of Franklin Street, catercorner to ours."
In the photo, the house to the right belongs to the Gaspar family. Renata stayed in a corner room on the first floor. The window of that room is the second one [tinted red] to the left of the door. This door was located at the side of the house, and was the one used by the "roomers" to come and go.


Renata's box



"We looked at a show of hers [Renata's] in one of the East End galleries. There were boxes of all sizes, and objects inside them, framed by them. The boxes themselves were covered in designs of heavy bright paint." (page 9)


Renata's Studio

"Her [Renata's] studio was located on the fourth floor of her building, and you could tell it had been a loft of some kind, possibly a sail loft or perhaps something to do with textiles."
" ...and in the far north end her workshop proper—benches, tables, tools, boards, shelves of paint. On good days the space was suffused with a dusty light coming through three tall windows on the eastern wall." (page 22)


Renata's Underwood Typewriter

"She said she was starting to write a play. She said you had to have a typewriter for a play. ...Finally, I told her that I had a machine [an old 1936 Underwood] and we could share it. At first she resisted, but in the end she liked the story of how my mother's husband Manny had bought it for me..." (page 26)
"The box, the old Underwood, and Renata's manuscript along with some other papers arrived at my home in Los Angeles in two days." (page 42)



Cape Cod Cold Storage

"We made little lighthouses and fishing boats on them. Then she [Renata] got a big fish box from the Cold Storage and set if up for us on the sidewalk just where Commercial Street bends around the corner. "Make a sign," she said. we did. Art Shells, 10 cents." (Page 6)

  "The Cold Storage, built in 1905, was a major place of employment for men and women in the neighborhood around it. Its structure, along with outbuildings, all in bad repair, were torn down in 1975. During the sixties, the old-timers liked to say that the only thing keeping the main building from falling down was the ice in the freezers. A narrow wharf extended from the plant out into deeper water, where boats unloaded their catch. The fish would then be hauled up to the main building by tram. The twisted pilings of the old wharf can still be seen today at low tide." (page 133)

Backside of Cape Cod Cold Storage.


Provincetown Wharf

The cold storage wharf with the tracks upon which a stripped down and dilapidated Model A Ford pulled hoppers full of fish from the end of the wharf, where the draggers—trawlers—could tie up at any tide and unload to the building you see on the other end, the beach end, of the wharf. The hoppers were then trammed up to the big building where the fish were cut, frozen and shipped to Boston and New York.

Renata's horoscope


Renata's horoscope