Story: Men and women in the city

Shopping in a department store

Shopping in a department store

Department stores were designed as modern feminine spaces and featured the latest fashions and trends. Rest rooms were provided, and tearooms gave women a place to meet and socialise – or fortify hungry children. These fashionable young women stand in front of the Serenade beauty-products counter in a Wellington department store in 1938. Beauty counters were money-spinners for stores and were strategically placed at the main entrance.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Gordon H. Burt Collection (PA-Group-00743)
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Photograph by Gordon Burt

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Caroline Daley, 'Men and women in the city - Women’s spaces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Caroline Daley, published 11 Mar 2010