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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Still More Selections From My Collection of Mall Post Cards

Built in 1967, Brookfield Square, outside Milwaukee, featured this so-called "Wonderfall." Colorfully spotlighted, it was a "fountain" of clear oil flowing down wires.

Opened in 1971, Park City Center in Lancaster, Pa., was once known as the Mall of Four Seasons, with corridors named accordingly. Summer, shown above, did not have . . .

. . . the artificial blooming trees of the Spring corridor.

A floor opening in the Winter corridor affords a view of an ice skating rink. This section has "evergreen" trees.

When it opened almost 50 years ago (on October 11, 1961), Cherry Hill Mall was the biggest enclosed agora in the country and the East Coast's first climate-controlled mall, where, says the post card, "the temperature is always springtime."

Another distinction of Cherry Hill Mall: two-story aviaries displaying tropical birds.

Just three miles from Cherry Hill Mall is Moorestown Mall in Moorestown, N.J. It opened in 1963 but has since been remodeled multiple times.

This is the East Court of San Antonio's North Star Mall, which opened in 1960.

Valley North Shopping Center Mall, Wenatchee, Wash.

Nowadays anchored by a Kmart and a Bealls department store, the Seminole Mall of Seminole, Fla., was built in 1964, was renovated in 1990, and was hit with foreclosure in July of this year. 

The climatically-sealed souk now known as Westfield Belden Village opened on October 1, 1970 in Jackson Township, Ohio, outside Canton.

Facts about the Glendale Galleria: Opened October 14, 1976; designed by Jon Jerde, architect of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., and the Bellagio in Las Vegas; second largest mall in Los Angeles County; location of the first Panda Restaurant (1983); home of the first three-story Target in the U.S. (2007), as well as venue of one of the first two Apple Stores in the world, both opening in 2001.