Presidential Elections in Poland

NEWS FROM POLAND

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A political poster on a notice board outside a church in the city of Gorzów Wielkopolski in Poland, May 2015.

In the first round of the Polish elections for President of Poland two candidates gained enough support to ensure a second vote later this month. Andrzej Duda from the opposition Law and Justice party gained the most votes with 34.76 per cent of the votes. Second place went to incumbent president and former P.O ‘Civic Platform’ politician, Bronislaw Komorowski, who received 33.77 percent of the votes. While, singer and activist, Pawel Kukiz came in third place with just over 20% of the votes cast in this first round of the elections. In general, Komorowski, proved most popular with voters in the western provinces of Poland, Duda in the east of the country, and Kukiz was favoured most by younger voters.

Komorowski and Duda will go through to the second round of the elections on 24 May 2015.

Images of Old Poland

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A Polish women cooling off in a pond in the early years of the twentieth century.

Here are scans of two images from our pre-independence Poland archive. These pictures both feature Polish women in country settings and date from between 1914-1918. They were primarily designed to appeal to soldiers during World War One. Most were sent home as picture postcards to locations in Germany.

A female Polish farmhand taking a break from fieldwork near a haystack, c.1914.

A female Polish farmhand taking a break from fieldwork near a haystack in Russian Poland, c.1914.

Namslau / Namysłów

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A panorama of Namysłów / Namslau as featured on an old postcard mailed in 1933.

This week we are putting online three digital scans from our collection of old images of Poland. All the old picture postcards are of town of Namysłów (former Namslau) in Upper Silesia before World War Two. All focus on the area around the Haselbach Brauerei / Haselbach Brewery in the centre of the town.

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An old image of one of the buildings of the Browar Haselbach complex, c.1913.

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The Haselbach Brauerei / Haselbach Brewery and Protestant Church in Namslau / Namyslow, Silesia, c.1912.

Jews in Warsaw

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An image taken from a glass negative of a very busy market square in Warsaw at the end of the 19th century.

A low resolution scan of a newly acquired glass negative of Jews and Poles trading and shopping at a very busy market in Warsaw, c.1895.

Come back soon to see more of Poland, past and present!

Cheetos Demony

Weird news from Poland

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A packet of the controversial Cheetos Demony corn crisps / chips

A media campaign led by members of the Catholic Church is underway to persuade the manufacturer ‘Frito Lay Poland’ to discontinue production of the ‘Cheetos Demony’ range of snacks. Objectors to the devil, vampire and skeleton shaped potato corn puffs believe that the snacks may “lead to those consuming them believing that such beings are nice”, and that it is “unacceptable that children might have daily contact with the names of evil spirits”.

Znin

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A scan of a very early ‘Gruss aus’ lithographic picture postcard of Znin from 1899.

Three images from our collection of old photographs and picture postcards of the town of Znin in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (Province).

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A scan of an old postcard of the medieval tower and town hall in Znin, Poland. This was posted in 1931.

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A photographic postcard mailed in 1969 of the Rynek (Market Square) in Znin, Poland.

Three interesting facts about Znin:

- The name Znin is spelt Żnin in Polish, which drives from the word ‘żnieja’, meaning harvest.
- Znin was renamed Dietfurt after the German invasion in 1939 and became a part of the Wartheland.
- Znin has a simply splendid narrow gauge railway and there is an equally interesting railway museum in nearby Wenecja.

Nearby locations: Biskupin (museum of archaeology); Gniezno.

Old Kowalewo

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A super old image from our collection of children and a violinist in the town of Kowalewo, which is now part of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian of north-east Poland. This photograph dates back to 1890 when Kowalewo was also known as Schönsee.

Polish Cauliflower Bake

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Our recipe for traditional Polish Cauliflower Bake.

Ingredients for Cauliflower bake:

1 cauliflower
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons ground mustard
ground black pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
200 grams mature cheddar cheese (grated)
2 tomatoes (sliced)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter
paprika (to taste)

Instructions:

1. Boil cauliflower until just tender.
2. Mix together onion, ground mustard, black pepper, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
3. Add this mixture to the cooked cauliflower and stir in.
4. Place this in a baking dish.
5. Slice tomatoes and place over the top of cauliflower mixture.
6. Melt the butter in a pan. Add bread crumbs to this and stir in.
7. Sprinkle bread crumbs and butter mix on top of the cauliflower mixture. Sprinkle on some paprika.
8. Bake in a preheated oven at 200c for 30 minutes.

Conversions:

1/2 cup of dry goods (breadcrumbs and the like) is approximately equal to 65 grams or 2.25 oz. Whereas, 1/2 cup of soured cream is roughly 170 grams or 6 oz.

Esperanto

Did you know that, Esperanto, the world’s most successful constructed language was invented / created by Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof, a Polish Jew?

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A pair of Polish postage stamps issued for the International Esperanto Congress in 1959.

Zamenhof was born in 1859 in the town of Białystok in Poland and created Esperanto while still in school. The inspiration behind his creation was his fascination with the idea of a world without war. He believed that this could happen with the help of a new international auxiliary language such as Esperanto. Zamenhof died in 1917 and is buried at Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw, Poland.

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Advertising for an Esperanto conference held in Sopot, Poland, in April 1973.

It is believed that between 100,000 and 900,000 people actively speak Esperanto globally.

Offsite link: Further information on the Esperanto language.

Communist era Poznan

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An original photograph taken in Poznan in June 1960. Click on image to enlarge to see more detail.

Three more communist-era images of the city of Poznan in Poland.

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A 1960 photograph of horse-drawn buggies in the centre of Poznan.

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A multiview picture postcard featuring three different images. This mailed in 1965 from Poznan to England. Click to enlarge image.

Related webpages on Polish Poland:

Poznan between the wars; More images of 1960s Poznan; Poznan in the 1970s.