The hectic demeanor of Fifth Avenue, especially as holiday shopping season rounds the bend, would rarely be compared to the quiet, contemplative environment of a museum. But if you’re walking around Midtown check out Bergdorf Goodman’s windows for a  hint of history amongst the street’s craze. Bergdorf Goodman is honoring the reopening of the New-York Historical Society with a stunning window, featuring thirty-two portraits of American historical figures reproduced from our collection, including those of George Washington, Seneca Chief Ki-On-Twog-Ky, and Juliette Noel Toussaint.

Of course, Bergorf’s is an historical attraction in itself. The luxury department store traces back to 1899 when Alsacian immigrant Edwin Goodman began working for Herman Bergdorf at his tailoring establishment just above Union Square. They’ve been at their current Fifth Avenue location, formerly the Cornelius Vanderbilt mansion, since 1928.

Irving Browning (1895-1961), Bergdorf Goodman, 5th Avenue & 58th Street, New York City, ca. 1930s. New-York Historical Society

The window will be on view for up to three weeks at their store on Fifth Avenuebetween 57th and 58th Streets.

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