Images of Lwów

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The main railway station in Lwów in 1917.

A small sample of the images we have of Lwów in what was through most of its history inhabited in the large part by Poles. All are scans of picture postcards published when this part of historic Galicia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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An old picture postcard of Lwów in 1917.

Until the end of the Second World War Lwow was always a multi-ethnic city with many different nationalities living together quite happily. These included in addition to the dominant numbers of Poles, smaller numbers of Jews, Ukrainians, Armenians, Germans, Czechs, Russians and others.

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Lwow in 1917.

However, as a result of decisions made at the Yalta Conference in February 1945 and the post-war resettlement of population and changes in national borders this brought about, Lwow became part of the Soviet Union and since 1991 has been part of Ukraine.

Other names and spellings for Lwow have included: Lviv, Lwiw, Lvov; Lemberg.

See also our original page featuring many more old images of Lwów.

Polish Cake!

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Just about to enjoy what I’m pretty sure will be an extremely tasty piece of Polish cake! Washed down with a cup of Lipton ‘Yellow Label’ black tea with a slice of lemon.

Międzychód Through Time

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A view of the railway station looking towards the centre of Miedzychod (Birnbaum). c.1917.

A selection of images showing the town of Międzychód in Wielkopolskie (Greater Poland) through time.

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The Rynek area of Międzychód, Wielkopolskie, Poland, c.1965.
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An elevated view of the centre of Międzychód, Poland, taken by the same photographer.
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The same Rynek area of Międzychód but as it looked at the start of the 1980s.

More about Międzychód in the west of Poland.

Vacation in Poland

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Poland is a truly fantastic place for a summer vacation!

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Here are three images of just one hotel and a lakeside beach in Lubuskie, western Poland. You can be relaxing beside this lake with a cool beer just one hour after arriving at an airport in Berlin.

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A summer holiday near a lake in Poland offers so much – superb weather, a plethora of different accommodation options, great restaurants, super local food, attractive prices, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, fishing, sailing, sunbathing, spa treatments, and so much more. Feel free to contact us with any questions on holidaying in Poland and for personal recommendations!

Old Images of the River Warta

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A late 1910s picture of bathers in the river Warta (Warthe) in Skwierzyna.

Three images from our old picture archive of the River Warta (Warthe) in the town of Skwierzyna (Schwerin an der Warthe), Lubuskie, Poland.

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Working barges on the River Warta (Warthe) in Skwierzyna (former Schwerin Warthe), c.1921.

The River Warta is the third longest river in Poland and the main tributary of the River Odra (Oder).

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The bridge over the River Warta in Skwierzyna, c.1937.

Related content:
– Old images of Skwierzyna / Schwerin an der Warthe.
– More images of the River Warta.

Archive Images of Grudziądz

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The main square (rynek) area of Grudziądz, Poland, in the late 1960s.

A selection of images from our archive of the city of Grudziądz. All three photographs were taken in the 1960s and 70s.

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Another view of the Rynek area of Grudziądz. This photograph taken in 1979.

More old images of Grudziądz.

Kwas Chlebowy / Kvass

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Children sampling a glass of kwas chlebowy – a traditional soft drink in many Slavic countries. Generally speaking children today tend to prefer possibly less-healthy western drinks such as Pepsi Cola and Fanta!

Kwas Chlebowy (Kvass) is a traditional non-alcoholic Slavic and Baltic fermented drink usually made from rye bread. It has a sweet-sour smell and a taste of freshly baked bread. As well as being drunk in Poland it is also popular in Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus and Ukraine. Some claim that Kwas can improve digestion, as with other fermented foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut. And being derived from Rye is is a good source of vitamin B-1 and B-6, magnesium, phosphorus, and amino acids.

Archive Images of Łódź

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Communist era apartment blocks on ulica Sporna in Lodz, Poland, c.1967.

Four random images from our picture archive of the city of Łódź in Poland. The pronounciation of the word Łódź might be a bit confusing for anyone speaker Polish as a foreign language. Instead of trying to say Lodz it sounds better to say something more like ‘lwooch’ with the oo pronounced as in the word ‘good’. You can listen to me speaking the the word Łódź here!

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Trams on al. Kościuszki Tadeusza in Łódź, Poland, c.1970.
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A PRL era photograph of ulica Piotrkowska in the centre of Lodz, Poland.
The Balaton restaurant and store on ulica Struga Andrzeja in Łódź, Poland, c.1970.
The Balaton restaurant and store on ulica Struga Andrzeja in Łódź, Poland, c.1970.

Related content on the Poland Poland website:
– Old images of Lodz.

A typical Polish Dinner!

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A typical Polish dinner – Zurek soup followed by sausage, potatoes, and vegetables. Yum!

As promised – more blog / social media type posts. Here we have a photograph of what we had for dinner this afternoon! Come back soon to see more of everyday life here in Poland. And follow us on twitter for the latest news (in English) from Poland from across the internet.

Żagań during the Communist Period

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The Rynek / Market Square area of Zagan, Poland, 1966.

A sample of the many images we have of Żagań in Lubuskie, western Poland. All were taken during the Communist period, which ended in 1989.

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Plac Słowiański in Żagań in the west of Poland, 1971.

Zagan (former Sagan) was the location for the Prisoner of War camp established by Nazi Germany made famous by the 1960s movie The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and James Garner.

See also: old images of pre-war Zagan / Sagan.