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

Kowalewo, Kuyavian-Pomeranian, Poland

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.

Donald Tusk – President of European Council

Donald Tusk, the new President of the European Council, speaking in English – a language he is said to have learnt in less than one year – about his life so far.

High Speed Train

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Poland’s first high speed Pendolino train ran for the first time today. It operated a scheduled PKP service between Warsaw and Krakow. Other services will operate between Warsaw, Gdansk, Wrocław, Krakow and Katowice. The train is built by Alstom and in tests prior to it going into official service achieved a speed of 291 km/h (181 mph). I for one can’t wait to travel on it!

Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński was a renowned painter, photographer, and sculptor. Beksiński had no formal training as an artist and worked in construction for many years. His paintings were mainly created using oil paint on hardboard panels and his art might in the main best be described as utopian realism / surrealism. He was born in Sanok in 1929 and murdered in Warsaw in 2005.

Here are three examples of Beksinski’s paintings.

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To discover more about Zdzislaw Beksinski and see more of his art visit his official website: Beksinski.pl

Related page on Polish Poland: a list of great Polish artists (painters).

Napoleon in Meseritz / Miedzyrzecz

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The French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, stopped off and stayed overnight in the town of Meseritz (now Miedzyrzecz) while travelling from Berlin to Posen (Poznan) and then on to Warsaw on 26th November 1806. He stayed at a house owned by a cloth merchant named Johann Jacob Volmer. The house in which he stayed was located close to the town hall in the market square and was long known as ‘Napoleon’s House’ (Napoleonhaus). Unfortunately, for reasons unknown the house was demolished after the Second World War.

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Legend has it that a failed assassination attempt on Napoleon took place while he was in the town!

Related content on Polish Poland: More old images of Meseritz (Miedzyrzecz).