Sometimes as we are surfing around the internet we come across something that takes us completely by surprise. This was one such morning. I located the covers from Czech Tramp newsletter from 1929, 1930 and 1931.
Tramp came out every Friday, weekly. At the time, a yearly subscription cost 42 CZK (Czech Koruna or Crowns) plus another 2 CZK for the editor and administrative charges. (Based on the current exchange rate, that’s less that $2.00). You could collect your copies at Karlovo námestí 15, Praha II, near Brno at Škodová 13, Prerov or at Stúrova ul. c. 6 in Bratislava. It was published by Quido Langhans.
We were able to see some complete issues as well and found advertisements for the musical artists of the time, boots and shoes, tents, guitars, banjos and the kinds of things a real Czech tramp would need. The newsletter was also filled with songs, jokes, updates from the different tramping groups and where the next events were going to be held.
There was also quite a bit of political banter and commentary especially when they announced that tramping was illegal and each issue in the first year had some racy information for men only – such as how to love you woman and not be afraid of women. It was as strong reminder of the different time we live in.
What most caught our attention however, were the black and white covers, and while some were scanned terribly, others showed the creativity of the tramp spirit.
Here are the cover from the issues from 1929. Make sure to subscribe at the end of the post because we’ll be posting the covers from 1930 and 1931 as well in the near future.
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