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Historical Images: The 900 Block of Asbury Avenue

A weekly feature includes photographs from the Ocean City Historical Museum collection and from the modern era.

This week's "Then and Now" features a block that has been an integral part of the downtown since the early days of Ocean City: the 900 Block of Asbury Avenue.

The first image shows the ocean side of the block under construction in 1923. Note the individual shops with apartments above. The sign in the picture says: "H.C. Pontiere–Builder of Substantial Homes Phone 688 Office—946 Asbury."

Humbert C. Pontiere was a builder and developer for many years in Ocean City. In the second image, you will notice many of the individual shops have been combined for more space. Most of the block remains intact today.

To see more historical photos of Ocean City, visit the Ocean City Historical Museum in the  at 1735 Simpson Ave.

Patrick Piriano July 09, 2011 at 12:48 PM
I remember it still looking kinda like that into the mid 60's as I walked home everyday from school at the building where the police station is now, I was in some of those upstairs into the early 70's as I grew up with folks that grew up in that block, much different now. I am still here for almost 53 years at the corner of 11th and Asbury, almost everyone else is gone.
Patrick Piriano July 09, 2011 at 12:50 PM
I love these pics by the way!
Debbie Bakley Grau July 10, 2011 at 03:37 AM
I also love the pics. The good old days, like in the 60's and 70's.
Jack Bumpus September 01, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Great pics!

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