Defined by the iconic image of the ‘dog and gramophone’, the HMV brand has welcomed generation after generation since its earliest days. Its first store opened in London’s Oxford Street in July 1921 and more than a century later continues to attract customers who enjoy music, film, television and more.
Over the years, music and entertainment has been made available to its customers in every format, from sheet music and the first 78 gramophones to today’s digital downloads. In the 1980s, HMV began selling compact discs (CDs) for the first time, entered the Guinness Book of Records for “the world’s largest music store” with the opening of a new flagship store at 150 Oxford Street – down the road from its original store – and has also come to Manchester, with the store located between Topshop and Thomas Cook.
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The last The Memory Lane Special is now available at many local newsagents and major retailers. This episode of the bumper pictures special delves into fun in the sun – with pages of stunning photography and treasured family vacation memories of yesteryear. You can also buy Memory Lane online here.
These images, courtesy of HMV, offer a glimpse of the store’s opening day, from crowds lining up outside to what was on the shelves in the 1980s.
You can also see what Market Street looked like back then – with lost stores such as C&A.
For great historical images from the past, check out memorylane.co.uk/ and see what you can discover
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