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Poster collection marks 65th anniversary of Macy’s building at Lakewood Center

Groundbreaking of Lakewood's original May Co building

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the City of Lakewood, Lakewood Center and Macy's celebrated the 65th anniversary of the iconic Macy’s building. A collection of posters including historic photos curated by Lakewood’s Historian Emeritus D. J. Waldie was displayed near the Macy’s mall entrance to tell the story of the innovative building and mall, and their impact on suburban culture. The collection is now available online.

In 1952, the Lakewood Center’s iconic May Company building (which became a Macy’s in 2006) opened to throngs of eager shoppers, the first to experience—and embrace—the concept of a regional shopping mall. Lakewood Center changed forever the way Californians shop, and set the pattern for the next 60 years of retailing, not just in California but in the nation.

The posters have been placed in an online photo gallery for everyone to enjoy. Visit to view the collection.

To enlarge the posters for easier viewing:

1) Click on the first image once (to fill the screen)

2) At the bottom right, a set of five icons will appear next to a green “BUY” button (no purchase is needed; all viewing and downloading is free). 

3) Click on the sizing icon next to the green button.

4) Choose from a list of viewing sizes. The “X3” is slightly bigger than full screen, while the “X4” size offers easy-to-read text (with scrolling) for either a laptop or desktop. Once you set the size, you can view all the posters at the same size until you make a change.