Maryland Statues

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Pizza John's
Essex, MD
Tony's Pizza
Ocean City, MD
Pizza John's opened here in 1966. This pizza chef statue was purchased at a restaurant show in the late 1970s. For more, see this website. [map]

Tony's Pizza opened in 1962. This is the same statue with a modified head. It was purchased at a restaurant show sometime after Pizza John's got theirs. The original modified statue was built for Vince's Pizza in Rochelle, IL. This Ocean City statue has light bulbs on the surface of the pizza unlike the other statues which have bulbs on the chef's coat buttons. [map]

Marine [gone]
Bethesda, MD
Pirate's Cove
Ocean City, MD
This Marine statue was one of two standing in front of Ranger Surplus, an Army/Navy surplus store. The store closed in 2014 and the statues are gone. These statues were mass-produced. There is another one in Melbourne, FL.

Pirate's Cove is a ride at Trimpers Amusement Park. The ride and pirate were created around 1970 by Bill Tracy. He designed other similar figures for the Pirate's Coves at Waldameer Park in Erie, PA and another (now gone) at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Carpet Guy
Westminster, MD


This Carpet Guy has been on the roof of Traynor's Floors and Carpet since around 1976. His official name is Roland A. Remnant. He was made of cement over wire by the store's owner. The statue may have been inspired by Carpeteria genies. In 2007 (middle row), he was being repaired and repainted. The bottom row of photos from 2010 were taken in the rain. In 2015, the statue was repainted again. [map]

Giant Buddha [gone]
Elkton, MD
The Elkton Buddha sat in front of the San Lin Chinese Restaurant for many years. The statue was lit up at night. These photos are from 2006. By 2014, the restaurant had closed and the statue was removed.

King Gambrinus
Baltimore, MD
This King Gambrinus statue was originally installed in a niche above the door of the John Frederick Wiessner and Sons brewery in Baltimore. The zinc statue was built in the late 1800s and stands 10 1/2 feet tall. The statue is now on display at the Maryland Historical Society museum. It was placed in storage in 1988 and then restored for about $20,000 in 2003. King Gambrinus, aka the King of Beers, has frequently been used in association with breweries. There are several other statues around the country including these in La Crosse & Milwaukee, WI, New Orleans, LA, and Columbus, OH.

More Maryland:
Crash Test Dummy (Glen Burnie) [map]
Aladin's Lamp: 1, 2 (Ocean City) [gone]
Awakening (Oxon Hill)

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