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The sound of beat music broke out in Prague sometime around late 1965, 1966 and 1967. During this time there was a cultural explosion unparalleled in Eastern Europe. There was a favorable political environment, after Soviet demilitarization and the release of political prisoners, culminating in the appointment of Dubček as secretary general of the Czech Communist...
Do you ever wonder how a street gets its name? Unless you have an understanding of notable people throughout Czech history, you will most likely not know that several Prague streets are named after Czech world travelers. Explores, cartographers and ethnographers who made substantial contributions on the world stage. Today we are looking at six...
As a direct result of the first World War, the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy was divided into a number of states including the Czechoslovakian Republic which was born on Oct. 28, 1918. This was also the beginning of the Czechoslovakian small arms industry. Today we are looking at the principal models of Czechoslovakian hand guns made since...
Today I found a vintage Czechoslovakian folk art sculpture of Rubezahl or Krkonoš – a European mountain man of legends and folklore. This hand-crafted Rubezahl is 24 inches high and approx 15 inches wide. His pipe reads Pozdrav z Krkonos, which roughly translates to “greetings from the highest mountains.” Rübezahl (Polish: Liczyrzepa, Duch Gór, Karkonosz, Rzepiór,...
Czech Military Medals
Today we’re looking at the beautiful art on Czech military medals. All of the images and information you see here today comes from a special site, eMedals. eMedals provides high quality items with a superior degree of expertise in all areas of militaria. They offer a first class selection of medals from around the world, but obviously, we are...
Today I stumbled across some old color photographs from Czechoslovakian May Day in 1956 from Life Magazine and their photographer Frank Scherschel. The parade is taking place down Václavské náměstí or Wenceslas Square, located in the heart of Prague. From 1918 until 1938, Czechoslovakia had been a liberal, west-orientated state, valuing democratic principles, such as freedom of...