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SS Eastland Disaster Kills 100’s of Czechs
Chicago’s working class were expecting a day in luxury and instead many of them experienced a terrifying and tragic calamity on the Chicago River. While most people are familiar with the Titanic (1) and Lusitania (2) disasters, many people have never heard of the Eastland Disaster (3). Counting passengers only, 832 perished on the Titanic....
Today we’re looking at a beautiful hand painted letter from 1899. Please take time to appreciate the time and effort that went into the little paintings, as well as the beautiful penmanship of it’s writer. I miss letters and post cards. I miss cursive hand writing. I miss the anticipation of writing a letter, and...
Imagine if we could travel back in time to Prague. Would you like to go back 100 years with me? The following is a chapter from a book published in 1912, entitled Around the Clock in Europe: A Travel-Sequence by Charles Fish Howell with illustrations by Harold Field Kellogg. Published in Boston by Houghton Mifflin...
Czech Apricot Dumplings
Czech Apricot Dumplings made with yeasted dough are so delicious. Because fresh apricots are at their peak from May through August, we decided today was the day to share this recipe. Apricots are filled with a burst of summertime color, a deliciously sweet scent, and a slightly soft fruit, which is best in season when...
Czech fish knife
While American children may nostalgically remember how handy their Swiss Army knife may have come in, certainly almost all Czech children remember their Czech fish knife. It was inexpensive, had a very nice shape, and it was easy to open, close and cut. Fancier multi-blade knives with additional equipment came much later. The so-called “Rybička”...
Czech Retro Potato Salad by Tres Bohemes
During the times of Soviet Rule in Czechoslovakia, most everything came with standards and protocol, including the way Czech chefs were to prepare Vlašský salát, or what we’re calling Czech retro potato salad for the sake of today’s post. While this salad has been around much longer than times of the CSSR, and older Czech...
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