Tag Archives: Wielkopolska


Dopiewo wielkopolskie

An old picture postcard showing people gathered outside the village stores in Dopiewo, Wielkopolskie, c.1918.

Dopiewo (former: Wanenfeld) is a small town with a population of around 2,900 in the Wielkopolskie province of west central Poland.

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The wooden tower-type windmill in Dopiewo (Wanenfeld), Wielkopolskie, as it looked sometime in the early 1940s.

Some random facts you may not know about Dopiewo:
- The first church was built in Dopiewo in 1366. It is named The Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- Between 1939 and 1945 Dopiewo became part of the Landkreis Posen, Reichsgau Wartheland. It was renamed Wanenfeld in 1942 and remained that way until it was liberated by the Soviet Red Army in January 1945.
-Dopiewo is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 miles) west of the regional capital Poznań.
- The postcode for Dopiewo is 62-070.


An aerial photograph of Dopiewo with the street names and railway line marked.


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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.

Steam Trains in Nowy Tomysl

Three photographs of Px48 narrow gauge steam locomotives pulling trains in Nowy Tomyśl, Poland, in the early 1990s.

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A PKP Polish railways Px48 steam locomotive at Nowy Tomysl, Poland, in 1991.

The Px 48 was a narrow gauge steam locomotive built between 1949 and 1955 in Chrzanów, Poland. In total 101 of these locomotives were produced. They worked on 750mm and 1000mm railway lines throughout Poland right up until the 1990s.

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A Polish Railways Px48 narrow gauge steam locomotive and train in Nowy Tomysl in 1991.

A number of these cute looking steam locomotives survive today. Mostly as static exhibits, in places like Sroda Wielkopolska, Gniezno, Poznań, and Zbąszynek. But one or two Px48s remain in full working order. The best of these working locos Px48-3916 can be found steaming up and down the narrow gauge line in Gryfice.


A Px48-1902 steam train at a level crossing in Nowy Tomysl in 1991.

This now disused line ran a total of around 30 kilometres between Duszniki Wielkopolskie to Nowy Tomyśl (Wąsk), passing through the villages of Kozielaski, Roza, Wąsowo and Trzcianka.

Nowy Tomysl (Neutomischel) is a town in the west of the province of Wielkopolska (Greater Poland).

Related content: A selection of old images of Nowy Tomyśl from our picture archive.

Communist Wągrowiec

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A photograph of the Rynek (Market) area in the centre of Wagrowiec, Wielkopolskie, c.1967.

A selection of old communist-era images of Wągrowiec in Wielkopolskie, north west Poland.

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Another view of Pomnik Wdzięczności in the Rynek (Market) area of Wągrowiec during the PRL era, c.1970.

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The swimming area of the lake in Wagrowiec, Wielkopolska, Polska, c.1974.

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Children on ul. Jezyka, Wagrowiec, Wielkopolskie, Poland, c.1974.

Some things you might not know about Wągrowiec:

- The current population of Wagrowiec is around 25,000.
- Wagrowiec is located at the heart of the Wielkopolski Lake District.
- The best of the nearby lakes are probably Durowo and Kaliszanskie in Kamienica.
- Wągrowiec has a relatively busy railway station with trains to places like Poznań, Gołańcz, Inowrocław, Drawski Młyn and Bydgoszcz Główna.
- A pyramid shaped tomb for Captain Lakinski can be visited.
- In 1941 Wągrowiec was renamed Eichenbrück by the occupying German administration.
- Prior to 1919 Wągrowiec was called Wongrowitz.

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An elevated view of the main square in Wagrowiec, Wielkoplskie, Poland. c.1974.

Nowy Tomyśl

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An old picture postcard of among other things a windmill in Nowy Tomysl (Neutomischel), c.1900.

A selection of images of the town of Nowy Tomyśl (Neutomischel) in Wielkopolska, western Poland.

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A petrol station and Nazi flag flying on Gold Strasse (pl. Chopina Fryderyka) in Nowy Tomsyl / Neutomischel in 1941.

The public library in Nowy Tomyśl, Wielkpolskie, c.1970.

The public library in Nowy Tomyśl, Wielkpolskie, Poland, c.1970.

Nowy Tomysl currently has a population of just over 14,000.