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A Sentimental Journey, Part I
Visit City Hall at 301 Baltimore Avenue to view "A Sentimental Journey Parts I & II" exhibits in their entirety.

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Collection of Scorchy Tawes


There is more money spent in Ocean City during the White Marlin Open than at any other time of the year.
During the 2006 White Marlin Open, 428 boats competed for over $3,151,000 in prize money including $1,552,435 for the top white marlin.
This tournament was founded in 1974 by Jim Motsko and his brother Chuck Motsko, with a total of $20,000 in prize money and 54 boats participating.
They would work in the red for four years before a profit was shown.
But aren't we glad they did, because they certainly helped put Ocean City on the map.



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Artist, Mary Murphy 1992
Collection of the Ocean City Museum Society

Harry Bunting?s domicile was once a floating shanty that was used to take hunting parties down the bay behind Assateague Island.
You would be surprised to learn that many of Ocean City?s old timers lived in these curious homes.
This way of life has completely disappeared from our landscape.



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Collection of Evelyn and Barry Hallowell

The Fleming family, owners of the Fountain Court, always kept in touch with their customers by mailing a Christmas card
and reminding them that summer was just around the corner. This Christmas greeting was sent to Evelyn and Barry Hallowell
of Reisterstown, Maryland in 1974.





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Collection of the Ocean City Museum Society


The Fountain Court Motel was a popular vacation spot. Built in the mid fifties, the owners used this photograph,
with seemingly no business at the motel, for both a post card and for inserts into advertising brochures.
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Collection of Irma J. Jester

This photograph puts us back to the year 1941 on the Ocean City Boardwalk.
Jester?s Fun House was located on Worcester Street, near the busy hubbub of the Pier building.
The business became renowned for housing a large mechanical figure called Laughing Sal.
Her laughter was so loud that she could be heard for many blocks away, which enticed people
to investigate the noise and hopefully then pay to go through the fun house.


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Collection of Dr. Frank and Lil Townsend

Laughing Sal delighted and frightened several generations of Ocean City tourists and locals alike.
She was owned and operated by the least likely of people to run a boardwalk fun house: a prim and very proper
school teacher named Mrs. Irma J. Jester. Even though the business is no longer there, Sal and her laughter can
still be seen and heard at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum.


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Collection of William B. Johnson, Jr.

These six bathing beauties represented Ocean City for a number of years. They appeared in big city newspapers, Ocean City travel brochures
and were ambassadors for promotional tours throughout the State of Maryland. They even made a stop at the White House.
Several in this photograph are shown wearing the new rubber bathing suit that was in vogue in 1933.
Left to right, back row: Una Palmer, Frances Cropper, Arietta Cropper.
Left to right, front row: Elizabeth Coffin, Grace Cropper and Marietta Cropper.


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Collection of Robert H. Phillips

Charlie White is shown with a rockfish weighing 64 pounds that he caught in the surf at Ocean City in 1930.
Modern weight calculations estimate that the fish was nineteen to twenty years old when caught by Mr. White.
A rockfish of this size and weight is rarely, if ever, caught at Ocean City today.


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Collection of Malcolm Dale Timmons, Jr.

This Maryland State Record Tiger Shark was caught in the waters off of Ocean City by Grace Czerniak of Buffalo, New York.
The shark was caught on July 9, 1983 while fishing aboard the Lisa with Captain Stuart Windsor and Mate Jim Liberto.
The fish was so large that there were no scales large enough to weigh the monstrous fish in Ocean City.
It was transported to the Showell Poultry complex in Showell, Maryland and there weighed on scales that accommodated tractor trailers.
The Tiger Shark weighed in at 1,210 pounds.



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