#3 Pirate at Jersey Shore Attraction Once Greeted Visitors at Playtown Park in Springfield

Image via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A massive fiberglass pirate at Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, N.J., once greeted visitors at Playtown Park on Baltimore Pike in Springfield, writes Tom Gralish for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The pirate is one of the many optional modifications of the Paul Bunyan figures that became popular in the 1960s. These and similar giant figures of square-jawed men and women once held their hands out toward products like tires or mufflers.

International Fiberglass in Venice, Calif. made many Paul Bunhan figures along with pirates, Indians, astronauts, and cowboys for Phillips Petroleum, Big Friends for Texaco, Vikings for Viking Carpet, and Miss Uniroyal for U.S. Rubber.

While their popularity waned over the years and many disappeared, the one from Playtown Park was saved by Scott Simpson, owner of Playland’s Castaway Cove, and his father.

The duo acquired the figure during an auction at the Springfield attraction’s closing in the late 1960s. They also bought several other decorations, including some clown trash-can lids that Simpson said were never used.

Now, the pirate is a mainstay at its new home, Golden Galleon Pirate Golf, a miniature golf course in Ocean City.

Read more about these giant figures in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared Dec. 26, 2018.

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