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Zakopane Mountain Man

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A tourist postcard showing a mountain man in traditional dress, c.1920.

A super picture of a man of the Zakopane mountains in traditional costume.

Zakopane is a town with a population of just over 28,000 and is located in the far south of Poland. Specifically the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains.

Zakopane is the centre of Góral culture and referred to by some as the ‘winter capital of Poland’. It is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing, and tourism.

Tatra Mountains

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A group of people in the traditional Goral dress of the Tatra Mountains, c.1905.

The Tatra Mountains are a mountain range that form a natural border between Poland and Slovakia. They are the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains. The highest point in Poland is Rysy at 2,500 metres, which is located south of Zakopane.

The Tatra mountains are home to a number of rare mammals. These include the Tatra chamois, marmot, snow vole, brown bear, wolf, Eurasian lynx, red deer, roe deer, and large numbers of wild boar. Notable fish include the brown trout and alpine bullhead.

Tatra Tatry Mountains Poland

Another postcard featuring locals dressed in traditional Tatra mountain costume. This posted in 1909.

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Three old photographs of people wearing the traditional folk dress of the Zakopane region.