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Hometown shop: Perugia in the 1920sThe small, hazelnut-filled chocolates were created in Umbria in 1922 by an Italian lady called Luisa Spagnoli as a way of using up leftover hazelnuts.
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Nuts about Naples, 1935The little slip of paper nestled beneath each chocolate with its message, meditation or musing on love has been there since the 1930s.
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New York, New York, 1940sIn the 1930s, the chocolates crossed the Atlantic, with a prestigious store opening on New York’s Fifth Avenue. Here, the interior of a Perugina shop in New York in the 1940s. The 1904s was also when the tiny silver stars were added to the wrapping.
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Style and substance, 1950sThe brand has always been synonymous with elegance and class – embodied in the smart uniforms of these five Perugina ladies, seen in a New York store during the 1950s.
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Mid-Century Modern, 1950sWhile the shop fittings may have changed - here the interior of a boutique from the 1950s - the silver-wrapped chocolates themselves remain virtually the same.
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Bows and brights, 1970sThe brand though has always moved with the times – here the bright coloured designs of a 1970s Perugina store in the southern Italian city of Lecce.
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Milanese curves, 1970sHere in Milan, the circular forms of the staircase and display cabinets reflect the curves of the chocolates themselves.
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Choosing chocolatesBaci chocolates, which have retained their star-speckled silver foil wrapping, now include a white chocolate version, wrapped in midnight blue.
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All roads lead to RomeThe interior of the new Rome store, on the central Via del Corso, includes a chocolate area where cocoa-based creations are made by hand.
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HeartfeltThe Perugina brand has always been associated with Italy and romance. This year, for Valentine’s Day, the sweet treats come in heart-shaped tubes.