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Sand, water & history: A look at OC through the years

Before condos, amusements rides, the Boardwalk, the much photographed Ocean Gallery and the now famous Inlet, there was a desolate place of sand dunes, mosquitoes, flies, horse-drawn wagons and one wooden building serving as inn to fishermen and hunters, in a place some called “The Ladies Resort to the Ocean.”

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Book Smart

Millions of people claim to love Ocean City, Md., but Hunter “Bunk” Mann really loves it. Not because the co-principal of Mann & Gray Insurance Associates in Fruitland has been going there since he was a boy. Not because he used to sell umbrellas on the Boardwalk. Not even because he currently serves as the vice president of the Ocean City Museum Society and sits on the board of directors of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. No, Bunk Mann really loves Ocean City because he spent the better part of the past eight years conducting more than 170 interviews, collecting almost 2,000 photos and postcards, and writing copious pages of loving narrative in the creation of what many feel is the most nostalgically beautiful account of Ocean City then and now, Vanishing Ocean City: Memories From Maryland’s Famous Beach Resort.

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Mann’s ‘Vanishing Ocean City’ A Labor Of Love Detailing OC’s Rich History

Eastern Shore native Hunter “Bunk” Mann has seen Ocean City change drastically just in his lifetime, prompting him to take a long look at the resort’s storied history. In his book, “Vanishing Ocean City,” Mann attempts to preserve that history from Ocean City’s start in the 1870s through today with the use of more than 500 photographs and 170-plus interviews.

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Bunk Mann’s important book about OC’s history

If Hunter “Bunk” Mann ever had it to do over again, he probably would have been a historian or a university history teacher.

History is my “hobby,” and on Monday evening I enjoyed talking to the Ocean Pines resident about his soon-to-be released book “Vanishing Ocean City.”

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Ghosts in the Surf: Bunk Mann & Old Ocean City

From the moment of its founding a few years after the Civil War, the Ocean City most people long remember from their childhoods has been slipping away.

Chain hotels have steadily replaced wooden guest houses with front porches; buses the size of those in Baltimore now ferry tourists from the Delaware line to the inlet; and while many cherished old faithful eateries remain, a new sub shop or crab shack opens every year…

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