Wonderful Photographs of Shopping Malls in America During the 1950s & 1960s

A shopping mall (or simply mall) is a North American term for a large indoor shopping center, usually anchored by department stores. The term “mall” originally meant a pedestrian promenade with shops along it (that is, the term was used to refer to the walkway itself which was merely bordered by such shops), but in the late 1960s, it began to be used as a generic term for the large enclosed shopping centers that were becoming commonplace at the time. In the U.K., such complexes are considered shopping centres (Commonwealth English: shopping centre), though “shopping center” covers many more sizes and types of centers than the North American “mall”. Other countries may follow U.S. usage (India, U.A.E., etc.) and others (Australia, etc.) follow U.K. usage. In Canadian English, and oftentimes in Australia and New Zealand, ‘mall’ may be used informally but ‘shopping centre’ or merely ‘centre’ will feature in the name of the complex (such as Toronto Eaton Centre). The term ‘mall’ is less-commonly a part of the name of the complex.

Many malls have declined considerably (especially in the United States and Canada), and some have closed and become so-called “dead malls”. Successful exceptions have added entertainment and experiential features, added big-box stores as anchors, or converted to other specialized shopping center formats such as power centers, lifestyle centers, factory outlet centers, and festival marketplaces. In Canada, shopping centres have frequently been replaced with mixed-use highrise communities. (Wikipedia)

Here is an amazing photo collection that shows what American shopping malls looked like in the 1950s and 1960s.

Arizona. Chris Town Shopping Mall, Phoenix
Arizona. Thomas Mall, Phoenix
California. Eastridge Shopping Mall, San Jose
California. Escondido Village Mall, Escondido
California. Rain Fountain at Topanga Plaza, Canoga Park
California. Shopping Mall in Marysville
California. Topanga Plaza, Canoga Park
Connecticut. Chapel Square Mall, New Haven
Florida. Merritt Square Mall
Florida. Regency Square Shopping, Jacksonville
Florida. Seminole Mall, St. Petersburg
Florida. Tyrone Square Shopping Mall, St. Petersburg
Florida. Volusia Mall, Dayton Beach
Florida. West Shore Shopping Plaza, Tampa
Florida. Winter Park Mall fountain
Georgia. Macon Mall
Illinois. Ford City Shopping Center, Chicago
Illinois. Mall at Lincoln Square, Urbana
Illinois. Old Orchard shopping center fountain, Skokie
Illinois. Yorktown Shopping, Lombard
Iowa. Mall Fountain, Dubuque
Kansas. White Lakes Shopping Mall, Topeka
Massachusetts. Burlington Mall
Massachusetts. Chapel Northshore Shopping, Peabody
Massachusetts. Eastfield Mall, Springfield
Massachusetts. Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers
Michigan. Eastland Center, Harper Woods
Michigan. Fountain sculpture of Eastland Center, Harper Woods
Michigan. Hillsdale Shopping Center
Michigan. Northland Shopping Mall, Southfield
Michigan. Westland Center, Wayne
Michigan. Woodland Shopping Mall, Grand Rapids
Minnesota. Southdale Shopping Mall, Edina
New York. Boulevard Mall, Buffalo
New York. Midtown Plaza, Rochester
New York. Summit Park, Niagara Falls
Ohio. Arcade, Cleveland
Ohio. Belden Village Mall seating, Canton
Ohio. Eastwood Mall
Oregon. Lloyd Center Mall, Portland
Pennsylvania. Northway Mall, Pittsburgh
South Carolina. Florence Mall, Florence
Texas. Lake Air Shopping Center, Waco
Texas. NorthPark Center, Dallas
Texas. One Tandy Center, Fort Worth
Texas. Sharpstown Mall Clock, Houston
Washington. Northgate Shopping Mall, Seattle
Washington. Tacoma Mall wide corridors

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