Family owned S.F. Butchery 1915 by Edward Henzi

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This is a shot of family owned Affolter Butchery in San Francisco taken in 1915.
Second man in from the left (first one sitting) is my great Uncle Willy Henzi. Ed


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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    fabulous history!!!

  • Hi Cheryl, thanks. Ed

    – Edward Henzi

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 5 years ago

    Great old picture Ed..they all looked such mazes me how most of them wear hats I suppose it was for hygiene purposes..but then I have to look at the blood spatted clothes and I think not. I loved to actually go to a butcher and have my meat cut exactly how I wanted it..but now it is all cut up and prepacked in the supermarkets and you chose what there is on offer.. Great keeper!!!

  • Hi Kate, Yes, I could tell you stories about this bunch. The butchery ran in San Francisco until 1989. The old guys were all in their 80s and 90s and none of their kids cared to do butchery work any longer.
    They had two big delivery trucks starting they used starting in the Ninteen teens, before that they used horse drawn wagons. They used to deliver special order meat cuts to people all over the city as well as many restaurants. You could go to their Butchery and order any cut of meat you wanted and they did it in a few minutes for you on the spot. They never lacked for business in all the years, since the late 1800s until they closed shop in 1989. I for one was sad to see them go out of business. My dad had this picture for years. It was on the wall of his shop. When we moved I made sure I took it down. Turns out it’s the only existing photo of the old butchery and all the guys who worked there back in 1915. As with most of the other old pictures I have, I took a photo of the original photo with my 35MM camera. Ed

    – Edward Henzi

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaover 5 years ago

    wow, this is amazing. you have such wonderful memories Ed. Lucky you! thanks for sharing your history with us!

  • Hi Carol, I’m glad you like it. I love history too and I’m blessed to know lots about my own family history thanks to my grandma who told me all the good stuff and let me take photos of her old photos. This picture was my Dad’s. It hung on the wall of his shop for years. I didn’t know who any of the people in it were, but my grandpa’s sister’s daughter filled me in on all the info about the old butchery and people in S.F. Again, thanks for your comments.

    – Edward Henzi

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