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Foot Traffic: 1942

Foot Traffic: 1942

January 21, 1942. "Mangel's, 130 E. Flagler Street, Miami, Florida. Exterior, night. Ross-Frankel Inc., client; Morris Lapidus, architect." Note the ghost pedestrians. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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Morris Lapidus

Morris Lapidus also designed the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach - once the most glamorous of Miami Beach's hotels - which opened in 1954 (and recently re-opened in 2008 after extensive restorations).


The glow framing the large second-story window comes from the store name mounted vertically in neon lights.

We Need

To talk to whomever thought an awning was just what they needed. Amazing how it just destroys the simplicity of the original design.

If only

I could beam myself up into that picture! That store window is fabulous!

Not as stellar today

Busy feet

Looks like at least four different pairs of shoes out front (three women, one man), and one of the wearers (in dark coat and hat) went closer for a better look and stood still for a while.

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