Monochromes: Peek Inside a Posh Fifth Avenue Jewelry Store from 1944

Friday, January 30, 2015, by Jenny Xie

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bb3.jpgAll photos courtesy of the Library of Congress—Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

Half a century ago in New York City, 743 5th Avenue was home to the Goubaud Beauty Bar. These photos, taken in 1944, take you inside the store, progressing from a hall full of angled cabinets, to a perfumery bar with curvy counters, and finally to a sparse sitting area in the rear of the space. The boutique was very much into the “glassy display cases embedded within cushioned walls” look.

What became of the Goubaud Beauty Bar? Well, the entire 10-story building on that lot was sold to Louis Vuitton in 2007, in anticipation of an expansion to the brand’;s flagship store next door. The structure has since been demolished, and Louis Vuitton’;s construction of a one-story, 1,580-square-foot retail space is underway.

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