I've looked for information for a line of reels made in days of yore made by the Ocean City Mfg. Co, out of Philadelphia, PA. Not much information could be found by me online, and I found other queries looking for information about this now defunct company.
I own several Ocean City level wind reels, very similar to Penn reels. I got mine from my Grandfather, and both are in like new condition. One even has the dacron line he used on it, but the other has been fished with using a Bamboo heavy duty pier fishing rod belonging to my Grandfather and has more recent modern line on it.
I have the boxes for both reels, as that is how my Grandfather kept his fishing gear. Lures were in their boxes in tackle boxes, carefully dried and stored after each fishing trip. Likewise with his reels and rods, washed and dried and lubed and cleaned thoroughly. I have a collection of rods and reels and lures and tackle boxes that are in, more or less, the same condition they were in anywere from the 1930's to the 1960's when new. I've kept them up, as I do all of my fishing gear, although I'm not as fastidious with my gear as Grandpa was.
In the reel box is a receipt dated August 24, 1955 from Foster & Company, Wholesale Sporting Goods out of Fresno, California. It shows an order of fishing stuff being shipped to my Great-Grandfather in a town in California, back when both my mom's parents and grandparents were living and working in California during the boom days. My Grandfather worked for GM, and had a great job, but they all really missed living in East Texas.
But while in California my Grandfather and his father-in-law made the most of the coastal fishing they were near. I'm sure this reel saw a lot of use on the various piers that dot the California coast
On the box, it says "Topsail, All purpose large capacity level wind reel holding 200 yards of line, and that this reel features:
-removable Level Wind
-Two extra pawls
-multiple washer star drag
-self lubricating bearings
-chrome plated spool
As I said, I have a twin of this reel that I have used regularly for saltwater pier fishing and for freshwater cat fishing. It's basically an early design Penn reel, as least as how it operates, and some 60 years later, they're still going strong. The insides are still pristine and I have no doubt El Fisho Jr. will enjoy these reels for many years after I am gone. They might even make it several more generations.
More about Ocean City Reels later along with some pictures.
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