Making Memories: A Shiny Penny not a Pretty Penny
Family vacations result in a lot of warm and fuzzy memories over the years, but they can also end with an overflowing box of souvenirs. After collecting dust, these once cherished items get discarded whenever the great summer Exodus, better known as the yard sale, occurs. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but whether printed or digital, it’s difficult to find time to sort through them and relive those joyful moments. So, what is a happy compromise?
When my husband and I first started dating, he introduced me to the Pressed Penny Machines. On one date, we went to Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Outside of the gift shop, wherein I had been pondering laying down a considerable chunk of change, was the Penny Press Machine. I promptly paid a small amount and sacrificed a shiny penny in the bottom of my change purse and, in return, I received a squished penny with their historic Carousel horse stamped on it. Although I didn’t buy a cheesy souvenir at the gift shop, I did purchase a photo album sized “wallet” that allowed for 20 more pressed pennies to be housed inside.
Fast forward to eight years of wedded bliss (although Dan might debate this at times *LOL*), and observers will see us springing for other Pressed Penny Machines at places like Ocean City, Maryland. Instead of me, my daughter, Allie, excitedly inserts the coin and money, putting her back into it, as she turns the wheel to stamp her design on the coin.
That got me to thinking… are there Pressed Penny Machines in Ocean City, Maryland? So, I decided to do a bit of research this week.
Please NOTE: I have not personally confirmed all of these locations, but I found them through online research.
Boardwalk - Haunted House on the Boardwalk 700-730 Atlantic Avenue
500 S Atlantic Ave
Dead Freddies Island Grill 105 64th St
Frontier Town Campground & Amusements 8428 Stephen Decatur Highway
Funcade 905 Atlantic Ave
Fun City Arcade
100 S Atlantic Ave
Inlet Bar and Grill 804 South Boardwalk
Old Pro Golf
13603 Coastal Highway
Ripley's Believe It or Not! 401 Atlantic Avenue
The Kite Loft 511 N Boardwalk
Trimpers Rides and Amusements S. First Street and The Boardwalk
Sure, we still like a vacation specific t-shirt as we go on family vacations, but the Penny Press still gives us an extra memory to hold in the palm our hands.
Do you collect pressed coins? Which are your favorites? Are any from Ocean City, Maryland? Post your comments and pictures. Thanks for sharing!