Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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The Dinner Bell was a popular Ocean City restaurant in the years following World War II. Located on the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue in the Monticello Hotel, it served homestyle cooking with an Eastern Shore flavor. Many still remember their delicious fresh baked rolls and fried chicken.

The waitresses lived in a dormitory style room at the Monticello and their room and board was part of their employment package. Former waitress Beverly Rice recalls, “50 cents was considered a really good tip back then. We were lucky if we made $3 a day but that was a pretty good money for a waitress in 1949.”

The Dinner Bell closed in the 1960s and the Monticello was torn down in 1999 — two more memories of a “Vanishing Ocean City.”

Photo courtesy Beverly Rice

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

This historic picture depicts the birth of the current Inlet in August of 1933. The railroad tracks are visible as are the fish camps where the pound fishermen lived and worked prior to the Aug. 23 hurricane, which occurred prior to storms being named. Although the town suffered some serious property damage, there were no fatalities and the storm turned … Continue reading

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

Baltimore Avenue was Ocean City’s “Main Street” when this postcard was printed circa 1920. This view looks north from Wicomico Street and includes some of the town’s most historic structures. The building in the left foreground is the Seaside Hotel (built in 1876) and beyond it with the tall brick smokestack is the electric power plant. In the right foreground … Continue reading

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

Ocean City has suffered many devastating fires in its history, but none worse than “The Great Fire of 1925.” The fire began in the Power Plant on Baltimore Avenue around 7:30 a.m. and spread through several blocks of the downtown area on De. 29. The severe cold made firefighting difficult and water was drafted from holes cut in the ice … Continue reading

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

The Ocean City Beach Patrol posed at Caroline Street in 1947 with their new torpedo-style life buoys. The Beach Patrol had returned to full force in 1946 following World War II and Bob Craig, center front, was appointed captain. He would continue in that position until 1987, a record of service unlikely to ever be broken. The buildings in the … Continue reading