Video: Dutch flower greenhouse and auction in 1949

Bare trees, a gray sky and bulbs hidden underneath a thick layer of straw, waiting till the sun will shine. In winter time not much color can be found outside in the Netherlands. However, in the greenhouse we see a sea of color during winter, even in 1949. Tulips, carnations, lilacs and hyacinths and many more flowers were already cultivated in greenhouses at that time.

Picture Sound website has posted a video about a greenhouse, the auction and the flower trade in 1949. Every day 100 thousands of greenhouse cultivated flowers were supplied to the auction. From every part of the Netherlands, buyers came to the auction. Already back then, many flowers were exported; to Bern and London, but also to Cairo and Johannesburg, thanks to the good air connections.

Source: Polygoon-Profilti (producent) / Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (beheerder)

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