(Gregory Witul • Mon, Feb 17, 2014) For many of Buffalo’s working class Poles, art was a luxury few could enjoy. After paying the rent, putting food on the table and sending the kids to parochial school, there was little money left for pretty paintings. Prints were popular but could still get expensive. To fill this desire for art many businesses began to give it away as a promotional item. Companies would give away pictures of mountains, birds, lakes, rivers and flowers to name a few.
In Polonia, religious scenes were some of the most popular. This week we’ll take a look at one business which gave away these popular promotional prints, the Chmielewski Bakery in Buffalo’s far East Side.
The Chmielewski Bakery at 1385 Broadway was one of Polonia’s longest running bakeries.