Skip to comments.A Blast From The Past: 60 Pictures From A Shopping Mall In The Summer Of 1990
Posted on 05/14/2013 7:50:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
You won't believe how much has changed since then. Notice anything peculiar (other than the fashions) in some of these photos? (Many photos at link)
Something I’d definitely want back from the 50s is when nobody locked doors, and young kids were allowed to play outside. There was no climate of fear That all changed in the 60s. Thanks a lot, Charlie Manson.
And to think in those days they wouldn’t let us pump our own gas but we could smoke absolutely anywhere. Nowadays, I guess it’s a good thing people can’t smoke while filling up there cars, huh?
Yep—still have a dwell meter.
Electronic ignitions may leave us vulnerable to EMP, but they do make life maintaining cars and bikes a lot easier............
For the curious, dwell was the amount of time (in degrees) that the coil had time to charge up. Not enough on those old weak ignitions, and you got crappy spark. Setting the point gap too close to increase dwell could cause a lot of arcing of points and pitting.
Which led to filing the points, yet another arcane mechanical skill from when a "tune up" actually meant some work was involved.
If I messed any of this up, blame my 65 year old memory banks and things I have not dealt with for forty years.
Okay - it was a very long day yesterday and today isn’t going to be any better.
How about bare thighs!
i knew it looked familiar.
Not New England, much more likely New Jersey. Mullets were never that popular in NE and virtually no one likes the Mets. A kid that size would be risking his life wearing a Mets t-shirt and running into other kids In NE.
I have a tach/dwell meter in my possession.
No burkas, hajibs, chadors, or headscarves of any kind.
“I really miss when life was fun... “
So do I.
Those look exactly like the girls I went to school with in junior high... right down to the tight “high” mom jeans, ridiculous puffy poodle hair and Tammy Faye makeup. I was not turned on by that look then, either.
What female over 13 (and under 50) today still has it ? All "bald" and tattooed.
Easy divorce, agenda driven education, opening the doors of prisons and insane asylums etc. etc.
The Sixties is where the rot begin...
I would literally kill someone for the 67-69 Camaro with the complete package.
They don’t make em like they used to.
Detroit, this is the reason why you are a ghostown now!
The comments of youngsters here commenting on the long ago 90s ...is more amusing
Malls started in late 60s...a big deal then
Before that....gasp....shopping centers or plazas
The hair looks more 80s
I remember getting a panic call from my wife one morning--she had dropped the kids off at school and the pickup (F-100, 352 V-8) wouldn't start. Grabbed a feeler gauge and a screwdriver, stopped by NAPA and got points and a condenser. Popped the cap, had her bump the engine around until the lobe was at it's high, stuck the feeler gauge in the points and swapped out the points and condenser. Tightened it up, put the cap back on, and it fired right up...Carried a spare in the glove box after that.
Green Acres “turned Amish” around 89-90, an I don’t see to many of them in these photos.
This is the Smithhaven mall on Lawn Guyland. BTW: Nobody in NJ says “Joyzee.” That’s more of a pre-hipster Brooklyn thing.
Ha...lol...to some of us..you are pretty darn young. Make it a great day. :-)
Definitely. The 60s began the decline. It wouldn’t reach its worst stage until 2009 though.
Agreed...regretfully. (shakes head)
I Guess Cureling of the Hair must have went out of style by the 2000's because I don't see anyone with their Hair Curled nowadays.
I just miss the prices from those days "\
Hell, I miss it when the Government didn't Purposely decreased the value of their own money!
That is what I miss the most, a strong dollar.
Hey! Big hair is still here in Texas!
Perhaps I should’ve extended my comment to those under 60. My father went out to visit my half-sister in the SF Bay Area (she’s in her early 50s) and in a mid-life crisis, decided to get a big tattoo on her arm. Real classy.
Of course, I just saw Speaker Boehner’s equally orange daughter (pushing 40) who married the Rastafarian Cat in the Hat. She has a big ole arm tattoo and looks like a past-her-prime soft core porn actress from late night Skinamax.
Try Buckethead. No vocals? He doesn’t even have a face.
People look and behave like pagan idiots anymore....our youth is basically lost.
Another thing I notice- no one was down with the Wu.
First Wu Tang record wasn’t til ‘93.
Ain’t just our yoots. Look at the 52-year old manchild emperor.
A few overweight people. Not many though. The young people (under 25’s) are noticeably thinner.
Same pics today would add 40+lbs to pretty much every age group over 12 or so.
The 80s: When guys went hung out at the mall to see chicks dressed like this...
Wasn’t a big fan of the look either.
I used to work at the mall then, the chicks who worked at Chess King looked like that.
Chess King - YES!!!
Remember Just Shirts?
yep and Lims.
Ok, no Lims here.
We had (and still have) Tello’s: Where the Guido look lives forever...
Sadly my job requires it. I wish I didn’t have one, or didn’t have one with a widely known number in my area.
I had one for a little while about 10 years ago. My old boss asked me one day why I never answered my phone. I told him the only reason I had it was so I could ignore his calls as much as he ignored mine. I talk maybe 4 or 5 times a month on a phone.
But how do you know it's 1990, though? This is the look many people still associate with Greater New York.
My boss says its Long island NY
Yes, I agree...I miss the America of my youth.
1990, I turned 7 that year, I think my mom got my clothes at the Gap and JC Penny, oh and Marshall Fields.
My favorite part of the mall was Cinnabons.
People wuz a lot skinnier then!
Must have been all that bad eating, eggs, meat, potatoes, all that nasty stuff.
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