New-Book Alert: Ocean City Oddities

For generations, Ocean City has afforded both locals and tourists unforgettable sights and sounds. The Boardwalk holds iconic landmarks like Trimper’s Rides and the sand sculptures, and no visitor will ever forget “Boardwalk Elvis.” Farther north, Motel Row, Jolly Roger’s “Muffler Man” Pirate and Old Pro miniature golf courses can be found. Nostalgic recollections from decades past include the boisterous chuckles of Laffing Sal and Captain
Bob’s Bull.

Local authors Kristin Helf and Brandon Seidl celebrate gone-but-not-forgotten spots while exploring the exciting landmarks that are still enjoyed today in their new book, published in May by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press.


Kristin is a lifelong lover of Ocean City and has been spending her summers on the Eastern Shore since babyhood; she continues to write about, photograph and share all the magic and mystery of her favorite place. Today, she’s a teacher who lives in Annapolis with her husband, B.L., and their dog, Gypsy.

Brandon is a longtime enthusiast, chronicler and author of Ocean City’s amusement and Boardwalk history and is the creator of Trimper’s Haunted House Online, coauthor of Images of America: Trimper’s Rides and co-creator of the Bill Tracy Project.

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