International Malls: Park Royal Shopping Centre
West Vancouver, B.C., Canada - circa 1961
International globetrotting time, friends! We take a moment's break from American malls for this great Canadian postcard I just couldn't resist sharing today. Big thanks to MOA reader, Jason Tribiger, for this great submission! Here's the caption from the back:
"Western Canada's Largest shopping centre. Park Royal is only minutes from downtown Vancouver. Featuring Woodward's and Eaton's department stores. 70 fine specialty shops, bowling centre and air-conditioned mall."I've also included a large shot (below) of the interior photo from the postcard, because I wanted to be able to study it in more detail and really appreciate it.
I like looking at non-U.S. malls now and then. It's a fascinating study of comparison, and you generally find in the end, that they don't really differ all that much in most cases. A mall is a mall, is a mall, to coin a phrase. And in a way, doesn't that help bring us all just a little bit closer together, no matter what part of the world we're from? Well, I'd like to think so anyway. :) The shopping mall as cultural common denominator!
Mall history: 1950 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Info from Wikipedia
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