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We came across a selection of old photographs of Czech children of the early 19th Century, most likely dressing up for school or church. As I browsed the photographs I wondered what kinds of lives these children went on to have. Note the selection of props and toys that some have. I especially like the sibling photos which fascinate...
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Houska Castle (Czech: Hrad Houska) is a Czech clifftop castle shrouded in dark myths and legends. It was originally constructed in the 13th century, between 1253 and 1278, during the reign of Ottokar II of Bohemia. The castle, which was built in the early gothic style, is located about an hour north of Prague on...
Today we’re looking at some vintage old Czech cameras. Why? Because they are such pretty little machines capable of capturing those magical moments that only come once in a lifetime. But I have to confess, it’s also because posting photos is much quicker than spending several hours needed to write a more complex post on...
Boží Dar is a place that few people outside of Milovice even know about, and even fewer know anything about its strange and darkly sinister Soviet history. In short, it’s an abandoned Soviet town smack dab in the middle of the Czech Republic. But first, let’s consider the name, Boží Dar. This translates quite literally to...
Josef Mařatka’s monument Praha svým vítězným synům (Prague to Its Victorious Sons) is the most famous monument constructed to honor the Czechoslovak Legionnaires. The independence of Czechoslovakia was proclaimed on October 28, 1918, by the Czechoslovak National Council in Prague and this monument was unveiled on the same day. In the center of the monument stands a...
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Luby is a small town located in the Cheb District of the Czech Republic. It began as a small mining town but later became known as the center of violin making. During the 13th century the mining of cinnabar began in the town of Schönenbach (Modern day Luby) bringing hundreds of miners -and musicians- to...
Today we’re taking a trip down memory lane for those who used to smoke. Czech’s have always been wonderful artists, illustrators and designers and these Czech cigarette box covers show the various different styles that the tobacco companies produced. Some look like popular American brands, others have a more Soviet feel while some carry absolute...
Czech Americans are known to have excelled in just about every aspect of human endeavor, including business, religion, government & politics, law, music, dramatic art, visual art, creative writing, publishing, media, education, activism & reform, the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences & mathematics, engineering, medicine, military, exploration, espionage, sports, and modeling (Encyclopedia of...