READING the 92-page 1972 Ocean City Vacation Guide is like opening a time capsule and seeing what life was like in America’s Greatest Family Resort a half century ago. While some things have changed, many things have not.
The book was published by Bolling Publishers under the auspices of the Ocean City Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Association. It was distributed by the Department of Public Relations to prospective visitors interested in learning more about Ocean City and its accommodations, attractions and facilities.
A welcoming letter signed by Mayor B. Thomas Waldman, Commissioner Robert E. Lewis and Commissioner Luther L. Wallace was on the first page of the book. It was printed under the headline: “You are most cordially invited to America’s Greatest Family Resort.”
The Flanders Hotel was featured in the two-page centerfold. Full page ads were taken by these establishments: Port-O-Call, Ocean 17, Royal Crest Motel, Morris Hall Motel, Bellevue Hotel, Alden Park Manor, Biscayne Hotel, The Wyoming, Croft Hall, The Elida, Forum Motor Inn, The Georgian, Glen-Nor, Harbor House, Impala Motel, Jernee Manor, The Logan, Nassau Apartments, Oceanic Hotel, Pavilion Motor Lodge, Sandaway Hotel, Hotel Scarborough, Seano Motel, The Seaside Apartments, Seaside Hotel, Seaspray Motel, Sindia Apartments, Tradewinds Motel, Vernon Hall Hotel, and Village Court Apartments.
Eating establishments advertising in the book included: Watson’s, Hickman’s, Simms’, Campbell’s, Mulford’s, Hen House, Plymouth Inn, Shafto’s, and Sindia.
There were articles about local attractions: Ocean City Tabernacle, Cultural Arts Center, Ocean City Historical Museum, Shuffleboard Club, Concerts on the Music Pier, Baby Parade, Night in Venice, Tennis Courts, Ocean City Beach Patrol, Boardwalk Art Show, and the Ocean City-Somers Point Golf Course.
The Ocean City Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Avenue, has a plethora of vacation guidebooks to view
Find this story and more in the June issue of Ocean City Magazine