A visual history of HMV on Oxford Street

A visual history of HMV on Oxford Street

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With HMV set to return to its flagship store at 363 Oxford Street this weekend, we take a look at some of the more glamorous photos from the shop floor.

Taken from the store’s golden era between 1950 and 1970, these photos paint a very different picture to the enduring memory of HMV’s shabby pink and black CD racks, blue cross sale stickers and half-price Nirvana t-shirts. Much like the contrast between flying Pan Am in the 60’s and Ryanair today, the experience of shopping in HMV’s Oxford Street store is a very different beast these days. Gone are the space-pod listening booths, the chorus girls and Cosmopolitan Corner, so dose up on nostalgia and remember how much better things used to be.


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[Via Voices of East Anglia]