Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christmas at Southdale

Southdale is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2006. Southdale, was the first fully-enclosed and completely climate-controlled shopping mall in the United States. It was opened in October, 1956 in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina.

Southdale was the prototype for indoor malls. Today there are over 1000 indoor malls in the United States. For more information on Southdale, see the Wikipedia article.

This card is numbered D-136 and was published by Northern Minnesota Novelties in 1962. Northern Minnesota Novelties is one of the few postcard companies that has used year date codes on their cards. They started using letter prefixes with "B" in 1960. After they reached "Z" in 1984, they started over, using the letters as suffixes. The 2006 code is a number followed by "-V."

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