Shopping mall bird and monkey cages
Remember these? Many shopping malls in the '60s and '70s had a really fun tradition of housing indoor Aviaries (as well as monkey cages, fish tanks, and the like), so busy shoppers and rambunctious kids could take a break and watch the cute little animals do their things--which was generally to sit really still and stare back in total boredom. But hey, to us kids these were truly magical things, these mall cages! I know no trip to Universal City Mall in Warren, Michigan (my local "homebase" mall in the 1970's) was complete without a quick stop by the huge old bird cage near the main (West) entrance. I remember feeding the birds popcorn and stuff, too, when we had some.
Most animal cages are long-gone from today's malls, though I've heard that a few around the country still carry on the tradition. Good for them, I say!
Aviary in Cherry Hill Mall, in New Jersey, circa 1960's.
Thomas Mall monkey cage in the '60s. Phoenix Arizona.
Birds (or monkeys?) in Moorestown Mall, in New Jersey. 1960's
Bird cage in Walt Whitman Mall, in Huntington Station, New York. 1960's
Chris-Town Shopping Center bird cage court in 1964. A pop art masterpiece now!