Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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Postcards were a popular form of staying in touch with the folks back home in the days before cell phones and email made communication so easy.

Many of the pictures that survive today of Ocean City in the early 20th Century were originally published as postcards. The comic postcard became popular during World War II and every gift shop along the Boardwalk carried a large selection.

Most feature attractive young women in bathing suits pursued by an assortment of old, bald, fat and lecherous men. Postcards sold for a nickel and postage was only 2 cents. It was an inexpensive way to say “wish you were here.” The comic postcard era ended by the mid-1950s but thousands of cards were mailed from Ocean City while the fad lasted.

Postcard from Bunk Mann’s collection

 

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

Ocean City’s motel industry developed in the mid-1950s following the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the desire of young families for lodging that was casual, inexpensive and that offered easy on-site parking. Within a decade, the vacant land between 15th and 33rd streets became known as “Motel Row.” Motel Row grew from a few initial motels — the … Continue reading

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

The hurricane of Aug. 23, 1933, was the single most important event in the history of Ocean City. It created the Inlet, separated Assateague from Ocean City and ended the pound fishing and railroad eras forever. The creation of the Inlet made possible the commercial harbor and brought about the emergence of the sports fishing industry. Without the Inlet, today’s … Continue reading