Andrew T.'s photos with the Minolta X-370

Former A&P and Supervalu supermarket, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Former A&P and Supervalu supermarket, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
A typical late 1960s automatic grocery door configuration.
Added on January 30, 2009

Danger: High Voltage Above, Keep Off

Danger:  High Voltage Above, Keep Off
Early 1990s utility pole sign, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Added on February  8, 2009

Goodyear (née Penney's) Auto Center, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Goodyear (née Penney's) Auto Center, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
As of the present day, the only things left at the mall are JCPenney and the old Penney's auto center, which continues to do brisk business under the Goodyear moniker.
Added on January 30, 2009

Little Sable Point lighthouse, Mears, MI

Little Sable Point lighthouse, Mears, MI
On my fateful move from West Virginia to Wisconsin last summer, I took advantage of the opportunity to explore and make a leisurely excursion out of the event.

The Little Sable Point lighthouse outside Mears, Michigan was activated in 1874 and is 107 fee…
Added on February  8, 2009

Danger: High Voltage

Danger:  High Voltage
1980s utility pole sign, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Added on February  8, 2009

JCPenney store, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

JCPenney store, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
A view of the rear entrance and loading docks. This great vantage point was made possible by a fifteen-foot snowbank in the parking lot I had the privilege of climbing...
Added on January 30, 2009

Former Montgomery Ward store, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Former Montgomery Ward store, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
The Manitowoc location was one of the last Montgomery Ward stores to open before the establishment of their "modern" logo ("Montgomery" offset over "WARD" in a box) in 1968. As a result, Wards' prior symbol...a stylized "M over W" depiction...was used in…
Added on January 30, 2009

Former A&P and Supervalu supermarket interior, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Former A&P and Supervalu supermarket interior, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
A glimpse into the abandoned grocery interior. The A&P store became a Supervalu franchise when A&P departed from Wisconsin, among many other places. (Initially, at least. A&P bought its way back through the acquisition of Wisconsin's own Kohl's Food St…
Added on January 30, 2009

Former A&P and Supervalu supermarket, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Former A&P and Supervalu supermarket, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
Typical of early malls, the Mid-Cities Mall featured a diverse roster of tenants and services: Full-line department stores complete with auto centers, a variety store, a drug store, restaurants, apparel, electronics, furniture, jewelry, banking, and more…
Added on January 30, 2009

Former Montgomery Ward store, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Former Montgomery Ward store, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
An invitingly perpendicular presentation greets shoppers at Montgomery Ward's rear entrance. But no one's shopping...
Added on January 30, 2009

Fire hose connections, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Fire hose connections, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
This sign more or less informs that water to the mall has been shut off.
Added on January 30, 2009

Former Osco Drug interior, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Former Osco Drug interior, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
Osco Drug remained open in the mall well into the 1990s. They did very little remodeling work in the intervening time frame, as the faux shake roof over the greeting card section at far left and the 1960s vintage "Prescriptions" sign at right attest.
Added on January 30, 2009

Former Hardee's, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Former Hardee's, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
A full-fledged Hardee's restaurant...complete with drive-through window...was grafted onto the side of the mall in the 1980s. The restaurant closed in (I believe) 1996 in a round of closings of rented restaurant parcels in the area, and remains vacant to…
Added on January 30, 2009

Abandoned facades, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

Abandoned facades, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
The desolate front strip of the mall, featuring exterior entrances for Osco Drug (which jumped ship to a nearby standalone store, now CVS, in the late '90s) and F.W. Woolworth.
Added on January 30, 2009

JCPenney store, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI

JCPenney store, Mid-Cities Mall, Manitowoc, WI
JCPenney soldiers on in the same building it has occupied for over forty years. A true survivor, the Manitowoc store has outlasted not only the other anchor...Montgomery Ward, which lasted less than half as long...but also the mall itself.
Added on January 30, 2009

"1924:" Old auto repair shop, Athens, WV

"1924:"  Old auto repair shop, Athens, WV
I grew up in a house just down the street from this brick-and-concrete shop, with its strange amalgamations of windows and doors tacked on all sides. Although formerly an auto repair shop, the structure has housed a small machine shop in my lifetime.

Gi…
Added on January 30, 2009

Centennial style A&P store (now Goodwill), Portsmouth, OH

Centennial style A&P store (now Goodwill), Portsmouth, OH
Breezing through Portsmouth once again (this time going the opposite way), I found myself at one point stopped in traffic with a well-preserved '60s A&P supermarket building lurking before me.

Given that I grabbed the camera and quickly took a snapshot w…
Added on January 30, 2009

It's three, Three, THREE defunct stores in one!

It's three, Three, THREE defunct stores in one!
Across the street from the Family Dollar, I couldn't help but chuckle at the almost parodic scene that greeted my eye: A shopping center that was a complete graveyard of dead and dying retail names.

From left to right: Sam Goody, sold to Trans World/FY…
Added on January 30, 2009