"The theory that I was going with was that the mall was designed to replace the downtown, thereby making the public sphere a private sphere that was climate controlled," he explains.
How did they get their hair to stay up like that? Hairspray?
Wow, TV's were a big thing back then....
But the contents of those shelves, display cases and the people who look at them are very different today.
And the people who wait there....wait with their cellphones.
Have either flourished or disappeared now.
Galinsky says that it didn't occur to him that each and every mall was more or less the same everywhere in a way.
This mall in St Louis, Missouri which he realized was identical to one he had been at in Vancouver, Washington.
"It was a completely surreal experience to walk around that space," he admits.
"Even the 'restaurants' in the food court were the same. This was America," he realized.
Is to find out which mall photo was taken in which city!
"It was hard to tell from the images where they were taken, and that was kind of the point," explains Galinksy.
Galinksy says he "was interested in the creeping loss of regional differences."
But there were some surprises in these pictures! As people began to recognize family members like this one man who recognized that the man wearing the jacket with the number 47 was his uncle!
It was socially accepted and allowed inside malls.
"This was pre-Internet, pre-cellphone, there was smoking in malls, it was before the Gulf War. It was this weird moment in time where things were getting ready to change," says Galinsky.
"At the time, the mall was the new public space, the new community center where people would interact," admits Galinsky.