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PolishLibrarian
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:20 pm      Post subject:
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Today I stumbled across this website http://www.album.nowytarg.pl/en/node/15 This is the English version of the site but the captions are still in Polish. You’ll find here an archival photo album resulting from a special exhibit put together at the Muzeum Podhalańskie im. Czesława Pajerskiego w Nowym Targu. The photos are historical prior to 1945, mostly from 1900-1945 and only some are dated. There are over 800 so they are divided by portraits, architecture, events, etc. Enjoy! ~PL
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This link is to an interesting photo project of vintage photos from the borderlands.

http://albom.pl/



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Post Posted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:14 am      Post subject:
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Shellie wrote:
This link is to an interesting photo project of vintage photos from the borderlands.

http://albom.pl/


Many thanks Shellie.
Just browsed it, and read explanation.

Below is a little excerpt from the introduction.
The project "albom.pl" has been sponsored by Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And also helped by the District of Hajnówka.
I added the year, those young people do not know (yet) that it is an important parameter.

Best,
Elzbieta

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Twarde rezultaty

W lipcu, sierpniu i wrześniu [2013] zjeździliśmy siedem pogranicznych miejscowości. Najpierw w Polsce: Kleszczele i Gródek. Potem na Białorusi: Sopoćkinie, Łunnę, Wołpę, Wołkowysk i Kamieniec. Wybraliśmy je ze względu na bogatą historię, zróżnicowanie kulturowe i narodowe, niedużą ilość materiału fotograficznego w archiwach, a także dlatego, że mieliśmy tam przewodników.

Odwiedziliśmy ponad 60 domów. Zarejestrowaliśmy blisko 2300 archiwalnych fotografii z 44 prywatnych zbiorów mieszkańców i 3 kolekcje od pasjonatów starej fotografii.

Często mieliśmy wrażenie, że przejeżdżamy w ostatniej chwili, albo nawet za późno. Umierają ostatni świadkowie wojen, coraz trudniej o komentarz do zdjęć. Młodsi (szczególnie na Białorusi) nie przywiązują wagi do przebrzmiałych historii, po prostu wyrzucają papiery do śmieci. W latach 90. większość wiosek odwiedzili handlarze starzyzną. Wykupione fotografie poszły w świat, ale odarte z historii, anonimowe. Wiele zdjęć zniszczono, bo były niewygodnym świadectwem („makulaturą” z pożydowskich domów palono), albo niebezpiecznym dowodem (za zdjęcie w polskim mundurze można było trafić na Syberię).

Na stronie albom.pl zamieściliśmy wybór blisko 800 zeskanowanych zdjęć. Większość naszych rozmówców nie miała nic przeciwko temu, by rejestrować spotkanie kamerą - fragmenty nagrań też są do obejrzenia na stronie. Kronikarską dokumentację wyprawy wrzucaliśmy na Facebooka (profil albom.pl). W grudniu [2013] ukazała się książka fotograficzna "Albom.pl", która jest artystycznym podsumowaniem projektu.
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Solid results

In July, August and September [2013] we drove across seven frontier villages. First in Poland: Kleszczele and Gródek. Then in Belarus: Sopoćkinie, Łunnę, Wołpę, Wołkowysk i Kamieniec. [NOTE geography] We chose it because of the rich history, cultural diversity and small amount of photographic material in the national archives, and also because we had guides.

We visited over 60 homes. We recorded nearly 2,300 archival photographs from the private collections of 44 residents and 3 collections of fans of old photographs .

We often had the impression that it’s the last minute, or even too late. Last witnesses of the war are dying, it’s more and more difficult to get comments on the photos. Younger (especially in Belarus ) do not attach importance to the outdated history, just throw the papers in the trash. In the 1990s most of the villages have been visited by junk dealers. Purchased images have gone out into the world, but stripped of history, anonymous. Many of the photos were destroyed because they were uncomfortable testimony ("waste paper " of the Jewish houses have been burned), or dangerous evidences ( for the photo in Polish military uniform one could hit Siberia) .

In the albom.pl website we have included selection of nearly 800 scanned photos. Most of our interviewees had nothing against capturing our visit with a camera – some fragments of recordings are also available on the site. The chronicle records of expedition have been added on our Facebook (profile albom.pl). In December [2013], the photographic book "Albom.pl" has been published, which is an artistic summary of the project.

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NOTE: geography:
Kleszczele http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleszczele

Gródek http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%B3dek_%28powiat_bia%C5%82ostocki%29

Sopoćkinie, Сапоцкін, Sapockin http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sopo%C4%87kinie

Łunna, Лунна http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%81unna

Wołpa, Воўпа http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wo%C5%82pa
Wolpa, Volpe, Wolpe, Wolp, Woupa,Voupa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolpa_Synagogue

Wołkowysk, Ваўкавыск, Vaŭkavysk, Волковыск, Wołkowysk http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wo%C5%82kowysk
French wiki adds two romanizations: Vawkavysk or Volkovysk plus Lithuanian Valkaviskas and German Wolkowysk

Kamieniec (Litewski), Камянец, Kamianiec, Kamyanyets, Kamenets http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamieniec_%28Bia%C5%82oru%C5%9B%29

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:49 am      Post subject:
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While I was working on our latest blog article about World War I cemeteries in Western Galicia, I found this great webiste with German war postcards collection:

http://www.allworldwars.com/German-World-War-I-Postcards-Part-I.html

There are some amazing photos from the Western and Eastern front lines. Definitely worth seeing!
Here are some examples:





And my article about war cemeteries is available here: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/07/17/war-cemeteries-in-western-galicia/
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:09 am      Post subject:
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To commemorate the 100 anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, National Digital Archives shared online nearly 750 unpublished photographs from the years 1914 to 1918!

The photos include for example portraits of the soldiers, important historical events such as the Battle of Gorlice. Moreover landscapes of Galicia, Slovakia, Volhynia, Podolia and Bessarabia, views of Przemysl, Kraków and Kielce, documentation of the war damages and more...

The chosen photos are here:
http://nac.gov.pl/iws

You can also search whole online collection here: http://www.audiovis.nac.gov.pl/
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:24 am      Post subject: Amateur movie, ordinary life in Łódź, 1930s
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I came across an amateur movie from 1930, Łódź.

Amateur film by Gustave Eisner, New York travel agent and native of Łódź. Łódź, 1930s
Amatorski film Gustawa Eisnera, pochodzacego z Łódzi agenta nowojorskiego biura podrozy. Łódź, lata 30, XX w.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=574032565994230

Extraordinary document.

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