Friday, May 12, 2006
Stanford Shopping Center
This just in from an eBay auction. A vintage postcard showing The Emporium department store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.
The back of the card reads "THE STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER. . .Located on U.S. Highway 101 "El Camino Real" Palo Alto, Calif."
From the looks of the cars in the lot, the card is probably from the late Fifties to early Sixties (no date is printed on the back of the card).
The building still looks fairly similar, although now it's Bloomingdale's.
My favorite part of this card is the giant E that was so common on old Emporiums. The last remnant of any of the E's can only be found in a stain on the ex-Emporium-Capwell building in Almaden Plaza, San Jose.
Read my Guide to Stanford Shopping Center