Photo Collection

The photo collection was updated on February 24, 2010. Thanks to everyone who sent me their family photos so we can all enjoy this collection! They are arranged mostly chronologically.


Construction underway in the spring of 1953. Looking west towards today's Kroger. In the foreground is the short section of Milton Avenue that extends into Graceland, between today's Office Max and Kroger. Those homes on the left are on Girard Rd.
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Graceland originally opened with the south side completed in 1954.
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This is the first section of the north side constructed in the mid 50's. The south side was completed in 1953. I believe that is Fleming's Graceland Bookstore in the middle.
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Alber's, along with Kroger and Big Bear made up three big supermarkets that originally called Graceland home. These signs are near the High Street entrance of Graceland. The photo is taken exactly where the entrance of today's Target is today, looking out towards High Street. Circa 1954.
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With its curved front and huge display windows, the J.C. Penney stood out on the south side. This is where the far west end of today's Target is. Taken around 1954.
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It's 1966 and the Clydesdales are visiting Graceland Shopping Center. They are unloading at the southwest corner where the COTA busses park today.
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You can see the Graceland Lanes Bowling Alley to the right (featuring the much loved snack bar). Next to the bowling alley they installed the Jerry Lewis Cinema in the late 70's, which became notorious for showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show for 10 consecutive years. Man, I need a picture of the theater with RHPS on the marquee!
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Graceland, 1970. When the sign was pointy and red, and the Walgreens had been taken over by Rite Aid. Thirty five years in the future, Walgreens would be back, this time located at the corner of Morse and High, a stone's throw away.
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The Woolco in the back.
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Here is a painting made around 1968 by a talented artist, Edward Hewett. What I love about this painting is that Graceland, because of its wide open area, presents an excellent place to watch the clouds at sunset.
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From 1970
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From 1970
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From 1970
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From 1970
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From 1970
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From 1970
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From 1970
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From 1970
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From 1973, Graceland is 20 years old and the Casto Organization took this "before" photo prior to a major, 1974 renovation.
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From 1973, Graceland is 20 years old and the Casto Organization took this "before" photo prior to a major, 1974 renovation.
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From 1973, Graceland is 20 years old and the Casto Organization took this "before" photo prior to a major, 1974 renovation.
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From 1973, Graceland is 20 years old and the Casto Organization took this "before" photo prior to a major, 1974 renovation.
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From 1975, Graceland has gotten the "70's" treatment, a look that will remain until it is demolished in 2004.
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From 1975, Graceland has gotten the "70's" treatment, a look that will remain until it is demolished in 2004.
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From 1975 - Big Bear is the only remaining original supermarket. Albers is gone, and Kroger relocated to the new Worthington Square Shopping Center in 1970.
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Thanks to Marada on Flickr - from 1979, its the Graceland Cinema.
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The corner of Westland and North High. OK, it's not Graceland, but Rob and his buddies are on their way. The Gulf Station is now a Deluxe Paints store, and the used car lot sells Christmas trees when they're in season. Is that the Pierce Cleaners sign I see in the distance? Pierce Cleaners was almost 30 years old when this picture was taken 38 years ago.
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