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)
Hey, I earned my tight pants, at the dining room table.
I remember when you could smoke in public libraries and court hallways and even in doctors waiting rooms. Also, the back of the seats in movie theaters had ash trays on them for the smokers. You could be watching Bambi with 50 children in the audience and smoke all the way through the flick if you wanted. Nobody thought much of it in those days.
Thank God, they tamed those hairstyles.
People can’t seem to strike a balance. They either try to strangle themselves in tight jeans that look ridiculous, or they go full JAY-Z and have them around their ankles.
Bad photo quality. Most cell phones now would take clearer pictures. Many pictures have people wearing coats and heavy clothing for mid summer. It must have been a mini ice age before global warming kicked in.
I hereby declare that it is time for the return of the mullet.
Very few Asians or Hispanics. No earbuds. Smokers indoors. Fewer fat people. No Starbucks. No computer stores. Fewer food kiosks.
Joyzee or Philly was my guess.
LOL. The first time I was ever on an airplane was in 1974 on the way to Army basic training.
People (including me) were smoking up a storm. Of course we were relegated to the last 15 rows of the aircraft.
I was born in February of 1960, so I pretty much saw the whole thing. There were some malls in the 1960’s, but many of them were open, not enclosed, remember?
When did it become a fashion trend for fat old guys with pot bellies to wear shorts in public? It’s an epidemic.
When I was a kid, no males over the age of 12 wore shorts.
Definitely New England region... weird looking people even for the 1990s.
sells a lot of boxers
Don’t a lot of malls prohibit that now?
As if there’s a difference.
Large number of people,back when people actually had expendable cash!
Whether the mall was open or closed at that time depended on what part of the country you were in.
A woman in a blue shirt is...gasp...smoking.
Not according to this guy:
We the People: Minimum wage is not enough to live on
OK, so call me crazy but I really LIKED the big hair. I miss those days, though the 80s were even freer.
Too late! It is decreed! The return of the Mullet starts here! Those who do not conform will be ridiculed mercilessly!
I was born in February of 1960, so I pretty much saw the whole thing. There were some malls in the 1960s, but many of them were open, not enclosed, remember?
October 1956 here! Yes, I remember.
I remember the first big indoor mall in our city. When my grandparents came to visit from Pecos, Texas, it was actually a “ must see” for them...all those stores INDOORS!..
The good ole days really were the good ole days...sigh..
Looks like onbe of the exits to Tyson’s Corner’s in the early seventies.
I think it might be Roosevelt Field Mall in NY. A lot of things look familiar.
Also, on the website, a commenter mentioned that he's in one of the pics and he's from Long Island.
Me in the Center (the neighbor girls off to the sides)
Note my Father's VINYL RECORDS in the background.
I guess Joyzee.
When i earned minimum wage it was 2.65 hr. and I was 17.
Two peculiar things, people don’t smoke in the mall anymore and now way some of those photos are from summer given the heavy jackets some people have on.
“Mall bangs”. That’s what my daughter’s called them. Of course, they also had them!
Yes... in many of the pictures, people are wearing winter coats... in the summer.
Looks like the mall, the last time I was in one, which may have been 1990.
The last pic on the bottom to the entrance of Sears makes me think it's the Green Acres mall.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Business is booming, no closed shops.
As I recall this country also was’nt regulated to death!
Not many tatoos— although some of those pics were taken in cool weather dates.
I have a habit of going to the gym late at night. (We’ve got a great 24 hour club here.)
I like not having the crowds and the distractions.
Last night there were only three of us in the weight room. After a few minutes I noticed I was the only one moving from machine to machine.
You guessed it! The other two guys were sitting on their exercise machines, either surfing or texting. I watched for a minuter or two, but realizing that I was a sixty-something watching a couple of twenty-somethings, I just gave it a sigh ..... and moved on.
So you could be my son? Thanks, I needed that.
Are there army men on that cake!
I miss a lot of that stuff. ‘Definitely took it for granted. One of the fashions I miss in particular was girls wearing shirts that were too big for them. This was everywhere among teenage girls especially.
Nope, this is definitely the Smith Haven Mall in Smithtown, NY.
Smoking — I remember my eyes burning at the mall. When they stopped smoking, my eyes stopped burning. The funny thing is how many people will hate me for saying this.
Still can't believe Patrick is no longer with us.
Hell, I think I still have them somewhere. Probably in the attic.
(I still have those records too)
So that should make you feel better 2DV.
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