Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) in the years following World War II was small but adequate for what was then a seasonal town only 25 blocks long. There was just one police car prior to 1953 and police headquarters shared a building with City Hall on Dorchester Street.

The police force was augmented for the summer season with its ranks doubled between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Many of the part-time officers were retired cops from Baltimore or school teachers on summer break. Training by today’s standards was minimal but there was little crime and less traffic. The OCPD would remain small until a Labor Day Weekend riot in the early 1960s and the expansion of city limits to the Delaware line proved the need for change.

Today’s OCPD is one of the largest and best trained in the state.

 

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

This circa 1915 photo is of the George Conner family, pioneers in Ocean City’s hotel and restaurant industry. George Conner (1874-1916) opened Ocean City’s first restaurant on the Boardwalk at S. Division Street in 1892; his wife, Willye Jones Conner (1886-1971) — known to later generations as Willye Conner Ludlam — purchased the Hastings Hotel in 1922. Still active in … Continue reading

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

The Samoa and Mario’s were two of Ocean City’s most popular restaurants in the late 1960s. Located in Philadelphia Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets, the Samoa moved two blocks north in 1969 and is now the location of a Sunsations store. Mario’s was a favorite of Ocean City’s locals and stayed open year-round serving some of the resort’s best … Continue reading

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

Ocean City’s 9th Street was the big hangout for the college-age crowd during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the major attractions was the Beach Club where live bands provided a party atmosphere and beer flowed freely. Next door, Tom Shill’s Hamburger Heaven served hot dogs, burgers and fries and had a unique machine that rolled out perfectly formed hamburger … Continue reading