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Manifesto to the Czechoslovak People in America
In World War I, all sides used posters as tools to mobilize their populations for the war effort. “'Manifest k Ceskoslovenskému lidu v Americe!" (Manifesto to the Czechoslovak people in America) is one of a series of posters created by Vojtech Preissig (1873-1944) that encouraged Czech and Slovak volunteers to fight with the Czechoslovak Legion against Austria-Hungary and Germany to further the cause of an independent Czechoslovakia. Preissig was a Czech artist living in the United States. The poster was designed and printed at the Wentworth Institute in Boston and ...
Entrance to Castle, Prague, Bohemia, Austro-Hungary
Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe and the historic seat of kings, emperors, and presidents going back to the ninth century. This photochrome print shows the castle as it appeared in the last decade of the 19th century. In addition to the castle itself, the complex includes St. Vitus’ Cathedral, several palaces, a monastery, Golden Lane (once home to writer Franz Kafka), and St. George’s Basilica.
Museum, Prague, Bohemia, Austro-Hungary
The National Museum of what is now the Czech Republic was founded in 1818 by Count Kašpar Maria Sternberg (1761-1838), an early scholar in the field of paleontology. The museum’s collections include millions of objects in the fields of natural history, history, art, and music. The main building, pictured here, was completed in 1891. It is located at the upper end of Wenceslas Square, one of the main squares in the city of Prague. The square is named for Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia.
National Theatre, Prague, Bohemia, Austro-Hungary
This late-19th century photochrome print is from “Views of the Austro-Hungarian Empire” in the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company. It shows the National Theater in Prague or, as it was known at that time, the Bohemian National Theater. The building was designed in a Neo-Renaissance style by Josef von Zitek (1832-1909), professor of civil engineering at the technical college in Prague. Construction began in 1868 and was completed in 1881. Shortly after the grand opening, a fire destroyed much of the building, but the theater was rebuilt in less ...
Radetzky Memorial, Prague, Bohemia, Austro-Hungary
This late-19th century photochrome print is from “Views of the Austro-Hungarian Empire” in the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company. It shows the bronze monument to Field Marshal Radetzky, who stands on a shield borne by eight soldiers, holding his baton and a flag. Joseph, Count Radetzky (1766-1858), was a soldier of Czech origin who led many victorious campaigns in the service of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The monument was erected in 1858, the year of Radetzky’s death. The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in ...
Spindelmuhl, Riesengebirge, Germany (i.e.,Špindlerův Mlýn, Czech Republic)
This late-19th century photochrome print is from “Views of Germany” in the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company. It shows the village of Spindelmühl (present-day Špindlerův Mlýn) in what is now the Czech Republic. Baedeker’s Northern Germany: As Far as the Bavarian and Austrian Frontiers (1897) described Spindelmühl as a favorite summer resort, located at an altitude of 2,600 feet (792 meters) in the Giant Mountains (Riesengebirge). The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William ...
Prebischthor, Saxony, Germany
Pravčická brána (Prebischthor, in German) is the largest natural stone bridge in Europe. It is located in a part of the present-day Czech Republic known as “Czech Switzerland,” a well-known tourist region close to the border with present-day Germany. The building shown in this photochrome print is known as the Falcon's Nest (Sokolí hnízdo, in Czech). It was built in 1881 by the Clary-Aldringen family, to accommodate important guests. This area was part of the Sudetenland, which was ceded by Czechoslovakia to Germany in 1938, but restored to Czechoslovakia ...
The Codex Gigas (or Devil´s Bible) is a large 13th-century manuscript from Bohemia, one of the historical Czech lands. Renowned for its size and its striking full-page rendition of the devil (found on page 577), it contains a number of parts: the Old and New testaments, two works of Josephus Flavius, Isidore of Seville´s Etymologies, the standard textbook for teaching medicine in the Middle Ages known as Ars medicinae (The art of medicine), the 12th-century Chronica Boëmorum (Chronicle of the Bohemians) of Cosmas of Prague, and a calendar ...