Shopping for Music in the 60s was Awesome. Today, Not so much.

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18th Jul, 2013

Welcome to the HMV store in mid 20th century London! Why not take a turn in one of the space age listening booths…

Or hang out at the Cosmopolitan Corner and be all… cosmopolitan.

Meet some other cool cats in this music library / lounge …

Toot toot! Beep beep!

And you might as well record your own debut album since you’re here…

But let’s just take a moment to remind ourselves what’s it’s like shopping for music today:

Yeah, not as awesome…

Let’s get back in our time machine …

Space age toilets!

Adorable little televisions! (but I might stick with my 2013 television, thanks).

hmv 363 Oxford Street, London - TV window display 1950s

Fancy some fresh fruit while you shop for a new record player?

hmv 363 Oxford Street, London - Blender demonstration 1950s

The listening post is an ideal environment to try out your best pick-up lines…

hmv 363 Oxford Street, London - Customer using listening post 1950s

And of course, what we all came for…

the music…

… Hand-packaged in beautiful vinyl sleeves; music we could actually touch, hold and hug.

All images via HMV Get Closer Flickr Account

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