Today's first image shows the Bullock's department store at Fashion Square (now MainPlace) in Santa Ana in 1960. My friend, Lisa A., is collecting old boxes, ephemera, and artifacts relating to O.C.'s defunct department stores. She's especially interested in china from the stores' tea rooms and in items relating to Bullock's. If you're willing to part with any artifacts you have from stores like Buffums, Bullock's, The Broadway, Robinson's, May Co., etc., please send me an email and we'll try to give them a good home. (I already looked through my stash of recycled gift boxes, and only found one box lid from Robinson's.)
The next image shows concept art for Bullock's Fashion Square.
John G. Bullock opened the first Bullock's store in downtown Los Angeles in 1907. In 1929, a snazzier branch called Bullock's Wilshire opened on Wilshire Blvd. (Although now used as a law school library, Bullock's Wilshire still stands as one of the most beautiful deco buildings in L.A.) The company was purchased in 1964 by Federated Department Stores which expanded the chain to other states.
During the 1980s, as series of takeovers took bite after bite out of the company. The remaining stores retained their name, but were sold to Macy's. The South Coast Plaza Bullock's in Costa Mesa remained one of the chain's flagship stores until it was renamed I. Magnin in 1990. In 1995, Federated reappeared on the scene, bought the bankrupt Macy's (and its subsidiaries), and consolidated everything they owned in California under the Macy's name. This was the final nail in Bullock's coffin.