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Shopping Spree – Part 11

Written by Christopher Alm • July 19th, 2012
Shopping Spree – Part 11

Wards, Denver in 1968 — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

The Shopping Spree article series continues with part 11. As usual we head back 50 years or so to visit the stylish, kitschy and sometimes strange looking malls and shopping centers of the past. This time we take a look at Montgomery Ward, Woolco, Randhurst Mall and Colonial Plaza in Orlando.

Like most of us retro lovers know, time stands still in photographs, but progress doesn’t. Does anyone know if these places are still around today and what they look like? Please let your stories be heard in the comments.

Above: Woolco, Claymont in 1968 — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

Above: Shoppers World, Framingham in 1971 — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

Above: Randhurst Christmas Decorations — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

Above: Randhurst, Christmas 1962 — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

Above: Randhurst, Carsons Jewel — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

Above: Randhurst, Boat show — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

Above: Food Fair in 1962 — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

Above: Colonial Plaza, Orlando — Photo courtesy of Pleasant Family Shopping

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • anonymous

    I still remember visiting Colonial Plaza on a trip to Disney World back in ’81. I believe it’s still around.

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