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Happy Holidays and announcment for Shoppers World – The Book(!)

December 20th, 2011

Happy Holidays!
I hope everyone has a great holiday season (next 11 days).  Although I’ve asked before, I’m putting another shout out to anyone who might have any pictures of the old Shoppers World. I’m excited about co-authoring a book about the original Shoppers World that is just in the beginning stages.  Specifically, we’re looking for photos from the 1970’s and 80’s.  For some reason most of the archives at the Framingham History Center that we’re working with are from the 1950’s and 60’s and then skips to just about three weeks before it was torn down.  Why the era of the 70’s and 80’s are missing, I don’t know but we’d like to document that era of awesomeness as well.  So in this season of giving, we’d appreciate it if you dig deep into your basements and pull out those old photo albums to see if there are any photos of our dear SW.  If you have anything you’d like to submit, we will of course give you full credit for your contribution. You can email me here at
Thanks and a Happy-Merry to all!


  1. I’m happy to learn of that project and I hope to get the book when it’s out! I’m sure I don’t have any photos of that period. One thing I remember is Gene Burns and Jerry Williams broadcasting there from the gazebo to promote a Red Cross blood drive in 1987. I went and donated blood, and I watched each of them broadcasting. Jerry was really trying to “work the crowd” that was assembled in front of him and seemed slightly annoyed that they were not really getting into it!

    Comment by Rev. Bob Baril December 21, 2011 @ 11:07 am

  2. Fantastic – I will definitely buy a copy!

    Comment by DF December 21, 2011 @ 11:38 am

  3. I mentioned your request to some members of the Holliston Historical Society. One of them suggested you check the archives of the MetroWest Daily news at the library. Not sure if you could use those for a book, but it couldn’t hurt to ask. Good luck with this!

    Comment by Andrea December 21, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

  4. remember the train that used to take little kids around for a quarter or maybe 50 cents? I got Marty Barrett’s autograph at the white gazebo, he was signing autographs one day I think it was the fall after the 86 world series. My parents took me to see the reindeer there every winter. Miss that place!

    Comment by Mike December 21, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

  5. also the choc chip cookies at that bakery in the Jordan Marche were the best!

    Comment by Mike December 21, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  6. Hi Michelle,

    I can remember Shopper’s Word being on the front cover of my 5th grade math text book, (it was a nationally distributed hardcover book — just a coincidence that we were in Framingham)… that would have been around 1970-1971 — maybe you can find a copy of that to include.

    I have a copy of the Framingham News with the artist concept drawing of the original shopper’s world on the front page (will have to dig it out if you need it). Also, I have aerial photos from several eras including the one’s I shot myself in ’97 at

    I also have a pair of souvenier ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers (they are blackface “Mammy” and “Chef” figures) with “Souvenir of Shopper’s World Framingham Mass” in gold foil on the belly…

    I’ll see what else I have, (I know I have several postcards and ephemera items)..

    …Let me know what you’d like — you know where to find me.


    Comment by Randy Harris December 21, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  7. Randy..really? Intersting re the salt and pepper shakers. I have an ashtray supposedly given out on opening day. Michelle, i posted this in a “You know you are from Framingham” group on Facebook.

    Comment by Lisa Sinisalo December 21, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  8. Yes Lisa, really! Here’s a link to quick photo of the salt and pepper shakers-

    I just snapped it quick with bad office lighting. I’ll get a better shot if Michelle wants to use them in the book.


    Comment by Randy Harris December 28, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  9. NOTE: You’ll need to cut and paste that link (above) into browser address bar to see photo of Salt & Pepper shakers — for some reason it isn’t “clickable”.

    Michelle — You will want to get in touch with David Wodeyla, he was one of the managers at the Cinema in Shoppers World for many years and collects a lot of SW items. He has a few photo blogs including this one —

    Last I knew Dave was living in Natick.


    Comment by Randy Harris December 28, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

  10. Hi Randy,
    I know Dave, he was a big help with our display for the Shoppers world roundtable we did at the History Center and we’ve reached out to him about the book too. I’ll keep everyone posted on our progress but we still need some more photos to make this a great book so if anyone finds anything please let me know!

    Comment by michelle December 29, 2011 @ 8:45 am

  11. Just seeing this now, but I’m sure to find photos. I grew up in Framingham in the 70’s to mid-80’s, went to many events at Shopper’s World, and have a shutterbug for a father. I’ll take a look when I’m back there.

    Comment by Mitch Cohen February 12, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

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