Attention all shoppers!
Greetings fellow members of the consumer society, and welcome to the experiment that is, MALLS OF AMERICA! A celebration of vintage shopping malls of the '60s and '70s, through pictures, words (a few anyway,) and maybe the occasional sound, too (you'll see).
As a suburban kid growing up in Madison Heights, Michigan, in the 1970's, I certainly saw the insides of our local shopping malls a lot in those days. My family, relatives, and friends all practically lived there, and it was truly a part of the very fabric of life for us back then. Consequently, I now look back very fondly on those days of my youth, being dragged around those cavernous shopping malls and department stores by Mom and Dad, gazing in wonder at all the colorful delights that passed before my young eyes like a dream. It really was like a literal wonderland to my brothers and I! And those are now some of my favorite family memories from childhood.
Nowadays, most of those great old shopping malls are either closed altogether, or at the least, updated and modernized to the point of losing almost all of the charm and character they once had years ago. Shopping malls of the '60s and '70s had an incredible vibe and excitement that they just don't have anymore. And I really miss it. The way they used to be.
So, enter this Blog! This is going to be my virtual time machine to travel back to the glorious retro days of the shopping mall! I've been obsessively collecting vintage mall photographs and postcards the past few years, from wherever I can find them--online sources like ebay and Google, have been particularly useful in this endeavor. Now it's time to share some of my collection with the world! (or at least the 3 or 4 other people out there who might also be weird enough, like me, to appreciate and love this stuff, too)
I promise, if you'll just spend some quality time with each photo, and truly enter its space in your imagination, and hear the Muzak; you'll be transported back to a wonderful, magical time and place, when life, and the world, was much simpler, and malls a whole lot cooler!
A word of warning, though... Like me, you may not want to return.
Lost in Shopper's Paradise,