This has been an interesting month. I was contacted by someone compiling the history of the Binley family. They were hoping to gather some background info on the family. Unfortuanly, I’m not related to the Binleys (although they’re still customers here). My father, Al Hirsch came to work here in 1932 and later became partners with Mr. Binley and, upon his death, bought his family out.
While we do have some photos and records, much was lost in a fire in 1971. The researcher had some wonderful photos that she shared with me and I’d like to share with you. Most were believed to be taken in the early 1900’s and the 1920’s, with exceptions as noted.
Binleys was started in 1893. My photo supplier had several pictures (unlabeled) of a gentleman believed to be Binley founder, Arthur J. Binley, one in the greenhouse and the other in an outdoor bed that had peonies that were grown for cut flowers.
There are 2 views of the greenhouses from the early 1900’s that were on Grant Ave. in Glens Falls until the fall of 2005. One shows a young girl outside the primative older greenhouses and the second shows two young boys in the same greenhouse. The boy closest to the camera was son of Mr. Binley destined to be the future owner and my father’s partner.
Two other pictures show the inside of Binleys store on Glen St. in downtown Glens Falls. The space is now part of the Scoville Jewelers building. The first is looking towards the front of the store (towards Glen St.). Note the sign painted on the front window “Binley Flowers”. The second looks to the rear of the store and shows the counter and the flower cooler that used ice as the coolant. This cooler was later moved to our Grant Ave. store and used as a display piece until that store was closed.
The gentleman standing with the large football mums is Arthur S. Binley (the same little boy that was in the greenhouse picture). He was my father’s partner.
The last picture was sent to me by Mike Muller. It shows the view across the street from our Glen Street store when it was opened in the early 1890s, before there were any cars. Note the corner of (now) Davidson’s Brew Pub and Amies Dinner and Movie (formly Fowers Dept. store) buildings.
I hope you enjoyed this bit of our history. These pictures and some other dating back through the history of Binleys are on our website. Click here for the link.
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