Vintage mobile homes and the Trailerite culture of the 1940s, '50s and early '60s
Aaron Olden asked:Can you make a drawing of the Davison's in Northlake Mall?
Hazel Jordan asked:Who is the author of the Rosedale Mall article?
Hazel and Aaron,Thanks much for posting. A rendering of Davison's Northlake would be great. "The Curator" (or myself) wrote the Rosedale Center article (and all other copy). Do you have a question about the article?
Greg said: I found some very interesting info on the original Oxnard (Ca) Esplanade Mall(1968-2001) on this site. I was wondering if there are any available interior/exterior photos. The blog stated that there was a Mann Theatre there, which I remember as a kid, but it said that it went out of operation in the early 90's. It did become a "cheapy" theatre afterwards through the mid to late 90's. I remember seeing From Dusk Till Dawn and Anaconda there circa '96/'97. Thanks for the interesting histories and details on your site! Let me know if you come across any pre-2000 photos of either the Oxnard Esplanade or the Pacific View Mall(Ventura Center).
Greg, Thanks much for posting. The cinema -at THE ESPLANADE- was in operation latter than I had thought. Thanks for pointing this out.
Greg,I just revised THE ESPLANADE article. It now includes a full history of the Mann 1-2-3 Theatres.
Aaron Olden said:You should make an article on The Florida Mall in The Shopping Mall Museum. Has a lot to the plans. 4/26/17
Aaron, thanks for the suggestion.
Robert said:Dear Curator,How can I contact TheBubster6? I would like to inquire about using some photos of the Richland Mall in an upcoming book. Many thanks!Robert Jeschonek
Robert,I don't know how to go about contacting the fellow who published the RICHLAND MALL photos. There used to be a website devoted to the Johnstown shopping mall....but I can't find it now. I'm sorry.
Anthony Lawrence has left a new comment on your post "Post A Comment:": Hello-An update for the Plymouth Meeting Mall post:The food court has been pushed back to its original location. The 1998 food court has been closed and replaced with a LEGOLAND.Thanks!-Anthony
Anthony,Thanks much for posting the info. Cheers.
I was very happy to find your site. In my youth, the first complete mall store I built was Record Town in the Pyramid Mall in Plattsburgh, NY in 1975 ... 40 plus years ago. I then built several more there before the mall was completed and it was quite an education. Record Town was the first of a chain with several names that turned into over 300 stores. With so many site views I hope you can expand and monetize it. Malls are a major social development and currently becoming dinosaurs as the Amazon-type retailers capture the market. Thaks for your work.
Anon, thanks much for posting. I've considered monetizing these three sites (Mall Hall of Fame, Shopping Mall Museum and Portable Levittown) but (so far) have decided against it.
Joe said:While it may not have been re-branded as such on the outside, I shopped at the Boca Jefferson Ward during the mid 70's. The price tag logo had already been changed. My first purchase was a suitcase, which I still have. Since I had a Monkey's card at the time, made it quite convenient. Was my store of first choice whenever visiting in Pompano Beach. Bought my wife's first "real" present there in 1977, opal pendant with a diamond chip.
Joe,Thanks much for posting the "Boca Mall Memories". I never shopped at a Jefferson Ward, but did shop at a standard Montgomery Ward many, many times. I got my first bike at Wards (it was 22 $$).
Edwin said:Sadly the Maine Mall's Bon-Ton will be closing after only 4 YEARS in business... (I can't believe that The Bon-Ton will close by the end of August, all 50 employees will soon need to find new jobs, hopefully they will find new jobs soon...).
Edwin,I regret hearing that the Maine Mall Bon Ton has not been successful. I guess this means that Bon Ton's New England expansion has not panned out. Thanks much for posting the info.
It looks like Sears in The Rhode Island Mall/Midland Mall (in Warwick, RI) will be closing...Hopefully this link works:http://warwickonline.com/stories/ris-only-sears-deemed-unprofitable-closing-sept-17,125533
Edwin,Thanks so much for posting the info. I'll add it to the MIDLAND MALL article.
CJ said: As much as I hate advertising, I have a retail blog of my own and I am trying to bring traffic to it. I'd really like it if you linked me on the side with the other retail blogs on Mall Hall of Fame or Shopping Mall Museum. Y'all inspired me to make a retail blog of my own and I'd love it if you did so. If you can't do so, I understand. Link is www.skymallblog.blogspot.com
CJ,I have added a link to SkYMall to the "External Links" menu of the Mall Hall of Fame and "Mall & Retail Related Links" menu on the Shopping Mall Museum. I hope that this will direct traffic your way.It looks like you have been working for quite a while on the SkyMall site. There is a LOT of material there. I am impressed. I am also a bit envious that you have visited Southdale Center. It might be blatantly obvious...but I have never been to America's "Mother of all Malls". In fact, I've only been to a paltry few of the malls that I have "documented for posterity".At least I WAS at Aventura Mall a time or two...where I saw one of the Bee Gees perusing VHS tapes at a SunCoast Video store (yep, this was back in the pre-dvd ----or BluRay--- era, lol).So, I hope that these links to your site will bring you some traffic. Thanks much for posting.
CJ said:Thanks a lot for adding me with the links. I've already seen a spike in traffic ever since you did so. Those are some vintage stories - oh how much I would give to visit a mall stuck in time (architecturally and stores). Apparently SunCoast still exists - though a shell of its self. Southdale was a beautiful mall, and I'd hope you will make it there someday. It's still going strong after sixty years and plenty of hoobaloo. One of my favorite malls in terms of design, not bland at all.It's only been two months since I started SkyMall, but how much passion can drive someone. I'm enjoying it, and I hope to keep working hard for months (and years) to come. Thanks for paying a visit.
My Bee Gees sighting -at Miami's Aventura Mall- took place around 1994. However, my vintage "mall" stories can go all the way back to late 1969 (I went to Dayton Mall -south of Dayton, Ohio- then). This was the first time that I ever went to a mall.Speaking of the grand ole 5 & Dime stores, that mall had one then called McCrory's (aka J.G. McCrory). It had the standard "lunch counter" (that I never once ate at) and -if I recall correctly- the candy department was right near the main entrance to the store (apparently, something of a standard 5 & 10 feature).5 & 10s were a truly world unto themselves...there simply is not any thing like them nowadays. Where else could one buy a grilled cheese sandwich, "cherry coke", (live) baby turtle, Mattel Thingmaker, pair of swimming trunks and that new "In the Year 2525" 45...lol?BTW, I believe that my favorite mall -past or present- is Atlanta's Lenox Square (circa-1959). Unfortunately, I never saw it when it was "open-air" (it was enclosed in 1972-'73). I did, at least, go there (in 1986) when the Food Court area was still with its original -1980- decor and the Rich's store was STILL Rich's.