Tag Archives: Lesser Poland


Częstochowa Through Time

Częstochowa 1899

A very early lithographic picture postcard image of Częstochowa in what was Lesser Poland. Mailed in 1899.

A selection of pre-war images of the city of Częstochowa, Silesia (śląskie) in the south of Poland.

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A German picture postcard of Częstochowa / Czenstochau, commemorating the taking of the city from Russian forces, c.1914.

Some things you may not know about Częstochowa:
- Czestochowa is located on the banks of the River Warta.
- When Poland was invaded in 1939 Częstochowa was renamed Tschenstochau, and became part of the General Government.
- In April 1941, a Jewish ghetto was created and it is believed that more than 40,000 of Częstochowa’s Jews died during the war.

Częstochowa  1916

A scan of an old picture postcard of the New Market Square in Częstochowa, c.1916.

More information on Częstochowa:
- The city of Czestochowa has a population of around 230,000. More than 400,000 people live in and around Częstochowa.
- Several million people from all over the world come to Częstochowa each year to visit the Pauline monastery of Jasna Góra, the home of the Black Madonna painting.

Częstochowa 1929

A photographic postcard view of the centre of Czestochowa, c.1929.

How to get to Czestochowa:
- There are at present six railway stations in the city and railway lines connect Częstochowa with Lubliniec, Kielce, Warsaw, Katowice, and Chorzew Siemkowice.
- The nearest airport is Katowice International, which is around 60 kilometres from Częstochowa.

Czestochowa  1936

Market day in the New Market Square in Czestochowa, Lesser Poland, c.1935.

Related content on Polish Poland: PRL (Communist-era) images of Częstochowa.


Rabka-Zdrój Through Time

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A picture postcard featuring a panorama of Rabka, Małopolskie (lesser Poland), c.1914.

A selection of old images of Rabka-Zdrój, Małopolskie, south-east Poland.

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The 16th century St. Magdalena’s Church in Radka, Malopolskie, Poland, c.1944.


An old photograph of the Music Pavillion in Rabka-Zdrój, Lesser Poland, c.1960.

Some things you may not know about Rabka:
- Rabka is located between Kraków and Zakopane on the northern slopes of the Gorce Mountains.
- The population of Rabka-Zdrój is currently around 13,000.
- Rabka is home to a large number of Gorals (Górale), Carpathian Slavic highlanders.
- An interesting 16th-century larch-wood church, numerous examples of folk sculpture and glass paintings can be seen at the Władysław Orkan Museum in Rabka.


The Villa Trzy Róże in Rabka-Zdrój, Lesser Poland, c.1974.

- There is a rather good open-air railway museum in nearby Chabówka!

Czestochowa in the 1980s

A selection of images of Czestochowa in south central Poland as it looked in the 1980s.

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Four different views of Czestochowa, Poland, in the early 1980s.

Czestochowa 1989

Pictures and a map of Czestochowa on a postcard mailed in 1989. Click to enlarge image.

Częstochowa is a city in southern Poland located on the River Warta, which also runs through the western city of Poznan. Częstochowa has a population of just under 240,000 and although now part of Silesia it is a city that is historically situated within the area known as ‘Lesser Poland’.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to Częstochowa to visit the Pauline monastery of Jasna Gora, and see the shrine to the Virgin Mary and the famous Black Madonna painting.

Related content: information on and old pre-war images of Częstochowa.


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An early photograph of infantry soldiers gathered in Frampol at the start of the First World War.

A selection of old images of Frampol in Biłgoraj County near Lublin in south-east Poland.

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A photograph of the centre of Frampol taken after the German bombardment of the town in September 1939.


The bookshop and church in Frampol, near Lublin, Poland, c.1971.

A couple things you might not know about Frampol:
- 90% of Frampol was destroyed in a raid carried out by the German Luftwaffe on September 13th 1939.
- Frampol, or a fictionalized version, is the setting of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s book Gimpel the Fool.
- With a population of just 1,400 Frampol is one of the smallest towns in Poland.