Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec

Wongrowitz Wągrowiec

An old lithographic picture postcard featuring views of Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec, c.1899.

Three scans from our collection of pre-war images of the town of Wągrowiec (former: Wongrowitz), Wielkopolskie, Poland.

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A vintage postcard of ulica Szeroka in Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec, Wielkopolskie, c.1919.

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A photograph of Wongrowitz / Wągrowiec as it looked under German occupation during World War II.

Don’t miss our page on Communist-era Wągrowiec. Pictures and information!



A photograph of pl. Wolności in Czarnków, north of Poznan, c.1960.

A selection of post-war images of Czarnków (former: Czarnikau) in the province of Wielkopolskie, Poland.

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The rather impressive Red Army monument in Czarnkow, c.1974.

Did you know that:
– the renowned artist Waclaw Taranczewski was born in Czarnków in 1903.

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A ground level look at cars parked on plac Wolnosci in Czarnkow, Wielkopolskie, c.1974.

See also: Information on and images of pre-war Czarnkow / Czarnikau.

Baby Geese

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Two one week old baby geese. These two geese are being hand reared away from a very aggressive father goose.

We have one week old goslings (baby geese). Twelve in total. The two smallest of the goslings we are hand rearing and they are quite the cutest creatures ever. Return at a later date to see them more grown up!

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Feeding dandelion leaves by hand to two one week old geese. The bowl is there for them to swim in!

Lippehne / Lipiany

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An early photograph of Lipiany / Lippehne, c.1919.

Three old images of the small town of Lippehne (Lippehne) in the west of Poland.

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Lippehne N.M (Lipiany), c.1939.

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An elevated view of plac Wolności in Lipiany, c.1967.

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Lipiany (Lippehne), Poland, c.1972.

Selected facts about Lipiany:

- Two 15th century Gothic gates and part of the town walls still exist.
- Lipiany boasts a fine late 19th century baroque-classicist town hall.
- Around 4,000 people live in Lipiany, which is located in the south-west of the province of Zachodniopomorskie.
- Lipiany was called Lippehne and part of the German province of Neumark until 1945.

Morrn Warthe / Murzynowo

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Three views of Murzynowo / Morrn, c.1927. Includes: Manor house, church and Paul Koch’s shop.

A sample of three picture postcards we have in our family archive of the village of Murzynowo (former: Morrn an der Warthe), Lubuskie, western Poland.

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Four more photographs of Murzynowo / Morrn as it looked in early 1930. Cement works and street scenes.

Three things you may not know about Murzynowo:

- Murzynowo is a village with a population of around 900.
- Murzynowo is situated near to the River Warta (Warthe).
- The early 19th century neoclassical manor house is now the village school.

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Four more photos of Murzynowo / Morrn an der Warthe in 1930. Includes a photo of the railway station.

Related content on Polish Poland: Images of Murzynowo as it looks today.


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A very early lithographic picture postcard of Krotoszyn (Krotoschin) posted in 1898.

Images through time of Krotoszyn in the province of Wielkopolskie in Poland.

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The Rynek (Market Square) area of Krotoszyn, c.1907.

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A photograph of the main square in Krotoszyn, Wielkopolska, c.1933.

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an elevated view of the central square and town hall in Krotoszyn, c.1960.

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The PKO bank in Rynek, Krotoszyn, Wielkopolskie, c.1973.

Some things you might not know about Krotoszyn.

- The German name for Krotoszyn is Krotoschin.
- The number of people of currently living in Krotoszyn is just under 30,000.
- Krotoszyn has its own railway station with trains to towns and cities such as Tuplice, Głogów, Leszno, Ostrow Wielkopolski, Kalisz, and Lodz; and another line to Oleśnica, Jarocin, Gniezno and Chojnice.
- The largest employer in Krotoszyn is Mahle a factory which produces components for internal combustion engines.

Saint Florian

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A figure of Saint Florian in a display cabinet outside a fire station in Lubuskie, western Poland.

Florian was a Roman soldier, who in addition to his military duties, was also responsible for organizing firefighting brigades. Today he is widely associated with firemen in Poland and indeed in much of central Europe. There are figures of Saint Florian on fire stations and in churches throughout Poland. There’s even a rather famous Bas-relief of St. Florian on the Florian Gate in Kraków.

Koziołek Matołek

Koziolka Matolka

Koziołek Matołek (Matolek the Billy Goat) is a character first created by Kornel Makuszyński (story) and Marian Walentynowicz (art) in the 1930s. There were four books and a late 1960s animated cartoon series. All the stories centre on a not very bright but likable and friendly anthropomorphic goat searching for a place that makes goat shoes! In many ways he is the Polish equivalent of Winnie the Poo.

Watch an episode from ‘The Strange Adventures of Koziołek Matołek’ cartoon series here.

Related content on Polish Poland: Bolek and Lolek, another Polish cartoon character.


Mława poland

A photograph of Jews and Poles on ulica Płocka in Mława, c.1909. Note the Russian language sign.

Information on and images of Mlawa / Mława in the province of Mazowieckie, north-east Poland.

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An early 1900s photograph of a Jewish dominated market on Ulica Warszawska, Mlawa, Poland.

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Another animated street scene. This time people on ulica Niborska, Mlawa, Poland, c.1914.

Some things you may not know about Mława:
- A great plague devastated Mlawa in 1661 / 1662 and again between 1708 and 1712.
- Around 6,500 of the Jews of Mlawa were killed between 1940 and 1942.
- Anna Tomaszewicz-Dobrska, the first Polish woman to practice as a medical doctor was born in Mlawa.
- A bugle call rings out from the tower of the 18th century Town Hall every day at midday.

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Russian soldiers being escorted by German soldiers in the Rynek (Market) area in Mlawa, Poland, c.1916.

More facts related to Mława:
- There are two railway stations in Mława. There were also, until the 1990s, two narrow gauge railways.
- Pope John Paul II was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Mława by the town council in 2003.
- The largest factory in Mława produces LG television and other electronic products.
- Official figures put the population at just under 31,000 in 2014.

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A communist-era (PRL) photograph of Stary Rynek in Mlawa, Poland. This image dates back to 1974.

Related content: Images and information on the nearby town of Plonsk.

Cabbage, Potato, Sausage and Beer!

Here’s a recipe we cook every week or two. It includes some of my father’s favourite ingredients, Cabbage, Potato, Sausage and Beer!


2 tablespoons olive oil
500 grams of smoked sausages
3 garlic cloves, diced
1 onion, diced
100 ml chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cabbage, sliced
6 potatoes, cut into chunks
A can of Polish beer
salt and black pepper (to taste)


- Cut the smoked sausage into rough chunks. Add to a large pan and gently fry the sausage, garlic and onions for 5 minutes, or until browned.
- Add the stock, cabbage and potatoes to the pan. Cook for a further 10 minutes. Stirring now and again.
- Add the beer and salt and pepper. Cook for around 20 minutes more or until the potatoes are soft.

This is a quick and easy Polish recipe and a dish that all I’ve cooked it for have enjoyed.

Note: I substitute the fresh cabbage for sauerkraut now and again. This works equally well. Just be sure to rinse the sauerkraut in water before using.

Related content: Our recipe for Sauerkraut and Sausage Stew.