19 February 2012

Flowers with Clas

Just a few more photos from Reel #3.  My Uncle Henry was a florist; he started with a small shop in 1955.  In February 1961 he opened his new shop on New Scotland Avenue in Albany NY.  On this day we all gathered after church for the dedication of the new store.  From then on the family gathered at the shop the day before every holiday to help get all of the orders out the door.  The moms and older girls helped put together corsages and bouquets.  The dads and older boys made deliveries.  And all of us kissin' cousins put the final touches on the children's corsages - we carefully placed the silk butterflies or bumble bees into the carnations.  Easter was the absolute best holiday because Uncle Henny always had baby chicks, ducks and bunnies in the shop.  The shop has been expanded through the years.  Uncle Henny's son, Charlie now manages it.  Charlie had not even been born when the shop opened so he's not in this picture.  

Henry F. Clas Florist - "Flowers with Clas".  

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