Vintage Snapshots: At The Mall! – Parking Lots In The ’50s-’70s

Some of these images take me back to the age when I was a child and my family used to visit the mall; the 1970s. Or better said, my mother and us children used to visit, as she was a mall fanatic who wouldn’t spend a weekend without going to one. But can I blame her? When malls appeared, they were quite the revolution in retail.

Admittedly, some of these are shopping centers and department stores. But the spirit is similar; a place to reach by driving, to check out the new to awaken your suburban senses. And buy something if so desired (or able to).

Just like many of these snapshots uploaded haphazardly online, there are no exact dates on most. However, the locations are generally easy to identify. About which, the lede image is the Fashion Square in Santa Ana, California.

Orange County Plaza, Garden Grove, CA.

Lord + Taylor, Bala Cynwyd, PA.

South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA.

Prospect Plaza, Orange, CA.

Century Square Shopping Center, Los Angeles.

Dadeland Mall, Miami, FL.

Bullock’s Store, Westwood, CA.