Many young Ocean City boys got their start in business selling newspapers in the years before CNN, Fox News and the Internet brought instant reporting to anyone with a television or smart phone. The cry of newsboys hawking their paper is a favorite memory of that long-age era.
Baltimore papers, such as The Sun and the News-American, and Washington papers, such as The Post and The Star, were popular on the beach and Boardwalk. Enterprising newsboys made quick sales to tourists rocking on the porches of hotels, such as the Plimhimmon, the Rideau, the George Washington and the Commander.
The sight of a young boy lugging a canvas bag full of papers and the sound of “Bawl-tee-morr Eve-nin Sunnn pay-pa!” reminded all it would soon be time to leave the beach and get ready for dinner and the night’s entertainment.
Photo courtesy of Ginny Hanna Brassel