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Pol-Shorpy Photo Thread


Torq 5 | 667
17 Dec 2023 #1
Inspired by shorpy dot com here's a thread with historic photos from Poland; each with a title, year and a short description. I will try to post one or two a day; please feel free to comment and add photos too.

Oh, the luxury: 1978

Polonez

Two brand new FSO Polonez parked in front of Victoria Hotel in Warsaw. This photo is literally oozing with luxury, or at least with PRL's (People's Republic of Poland) idea of it.
OP Torq 5 | 667
17 Dec 2023 #2
Kneeling in a Winter Wonderland: 1944

27th AK VD

Soldiers of AK (Home Army) 27th Volhynian Division taking their oath in a beautiful winter scenery.
Bobko 25 | 2,002
17 Dec 2023 #3
Two brand new FSO Polonez

Those cars would have looked good even in the decadent West. Kinda reminds me of a VW Scirocco, from the front.

Soldiers of AK

Armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns, and receiving a blessing from a very Orthodox-looking priest.
OP Torq 5 | 667
17 Dec 2023 #4
Those cars would have looked good even in the decadent West.

They did! Here's a cover of a German advertisement booklet...

Der Polonez

... and they were seen all around Danish countryside in the 80s/90s (apparently Danish farmers thought the car was cheap and quite sturdy). :)

They were exported to many countries of the world and we sold licence abroad (they were manufactured in Egypt, China and Thailand).

Jeremy Clarkson is not the greatest fan of Polonez, to put it mildly, but the car was quite decent in the poor, grey communist times.

Armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns, and receiving a blessing from a very Orthodox-looking

That's old Poland for you: more eastern than it is today and multi-cultural. :)
OP Torq 5 | 667
17 Dec 2023 #5
Sealed With a Kiss: 1973

Sealed with a kiss

Edward Gierek welcoming Leonid Brezhnev in Warsaw, and confirming Polish-Soviet friendship in a rather manly manner.
OP Torq 5 | 667
17 Dec 2023 #6
Highlander, Don't You Regret?: 1979

Highlander

Pope John Paul II in the marketplace of his hometown (Wadowice) during his first apostolic visit to Poland.
OP Torq 5 | 667
18 Dec 2023 #7
Into the 21st century: 1987

Elwro800Junior

Highschool students working on their brand new Elwro 800 Junior (Polish-made ZX Spectrum clone). It is estimated that in late 80s and early 90s about 1 million primary school and highschool students in Poland used E800J in their IT classes.
OP Torq 5 | 667
18 Dec 2023 #8
A wedding photo: 1940

a wedding photo

Times were difficult but people were still falling in love and people were still getting married, like this cavalier of the Fighter's Cross (for the 1939 defensive campaign) and his wife Janina. Alas, their story did not have a happy end.
Bobko 25 | 2,002
18 Dec 2023 #9
Polish-made ZX Spectrum clone

I opened the Wikipedia page for ZX Spectrum clones. It's crazy how many there were.

In the Soviet Union, we had the Dubna-48K, AZX Monstrum, Anbelo/C, Arus, ATM Turbo, Baltica, Best III, Bi Am ZX-Spectrum 48/64, Blitz, Byte, Composite, and a million others.

God bless Clive Sinclair!

TY for this post Kania.
OP Torq 5 | 667
18 Dec 2023 #10
God bless Clive Sinclair!

One of the greatest Brits ever! I was a Speccy maniac myself. :)

In the Soviet Union, we had the Dubna-48K (...)

I have to admit that Russian Spectrum demo scene was the best. It's crazy what your guys could do with the machine - they were able to squeeze every last bit of juice out of the old ZX. Aaaah... those were the days.
Bobko 25 | 2,002
18 Dec 2023 #11
able to squeeze every last bit of juice from the old ZX

Just like we can squeeze every last bit of juice out of the T-72 - things the designers could probably scarcely imagine.

PT-91 Twardy is a good attempt in this regard, as well.
OP Torq 5 | 667
18 Dec 2023 #12
Just like we can squeeze every last bit of juice out of the T-72 (...) PT-91 Twardy

Another similarity between our people. Remind me again: why are we enemies? *scratches head*

EDIT: Oh, yes... Putin and his great "Let's Restore the Soviet Union" circus. Almost forgot... :-/
OP Torq 5 | 667
18 Dec 2023 #13
Martial Law in Pomerania: 1981

Martial Law

Citizens watch in surprise as tanks roll through the streets of Gdańsk.
OP Torq 5 | 667
18 Dec 2023 #14
Y Viva Polonia!: 1982

Spain 1982

Solidarity banner unfolded in the Polish stand, as Poland is about to play the USSR in the 1982 football World Cup in Spain (biało-czerwoni will eventually finish third, beating France 3-2 in the 3rd place playoff).
Alien 18 | 4,845
18 Dec 2023 #15
as Poland is about to play the USSR

Was it then that Poland eliminated russia by drawing with them?
OP Torq 5 | 667
19 Dec 2023 #16
Yes, the game ended with a 0-0 draw, but it was Poland who went further in the tournament.
OP Torq 5 | 667
19 Dec 2023 #17
With a little help from my friends: 1977

Fiat 125p

This Fiat 125p ('p' for Polish) ambulance needs just a little push from helpful passers-by to get on time where it's needed.
Crnogorac3 4 | 820
19 Dec 2023 #18
Solidarity banner



Iconic scene from a Yugoslav film 📽️ The Balkan Spy (1984) where a Stalinist supporter interrogates a suspected dissident and as evidence tries to use the Solidarity matches. 😁

"Coincidence you claim huh, just like it's by coincidence that in the Vatican for the first time in 600 years a foreign pope was appointed. Not only is he a foreigner, but he's also Polish!"

m.imdb.com/title/tt0086935/
OP Torq 5 | 667
19 Dec 2023 #19
Commie (mega)blocks: 1977

Falowiec

Schooldchildren are coming back home to their cosy, huge, concrete cuboids (in the background we can see the famous 'Falowiec' in Gdańsk).
Alien 18 | 4,845
19 Dec 2023 #20
little push

It is possible that he was pushed by patients. The same ones he later took to the hospital.
OP Torq 5 | 667
19 Dec 2023 #21
It is possible that he was pushed by patients.

In socialism even patients were strong enough to push their ambulance.

The Balkan Spy (1984)

Hmm... looks like an interesting film. Will try to find it somewhere online. :)
OP Torq 5 | 667
19 Dec 2023 #23
Thanks! :)
OP Torq 5 | 667
19 Dec 2023 #24
It's not gambling if you know you're going to win: 1976

Sluzewiec

Punters at Służewiec Horseracing Track are absolutely convinced that today is the day they're going to win big.
OP Torq 5 | 667
19 Dec 2023 #25
Colour Me Beautiful: 1909

1909

Anna Iwaszkiewicz and Maria Wysocka posing for this, probably the first in Poland, autochrome colour photo.
OP Torq 5 | 667
20 Dec 2023 #26
Stay well away, Grzegorz: 2008

Lezajsk

Thousands of Chassids from all around the world gather each year in Leżajsk to visit the grave of their Tzadik, Elimelech Weisblum (1717-1787), on the anniversary of his death.
OP Torq 5 | 667
20 Dec 2023 #28
It's rather baltic this morning: 2015

Baltic

It's neither the biggest nor the deepest of seas but still the Baltic Sea possesses certain elusive poetic charm.
Alien 18 | 4,845
20 Dec 2023 #29
Baltic Sea possesses certain elusive poetic charm.

Plus there are no sharks in it.
OP Torq 5 | 667
21 Dec 2023 #30
Helping the little ones: 1974

Children hospital

A tired nurse stands at one of her patients bed in Warsaw Children Hospital (the first children hospital in Poland, in unceasing operation since 1869).

By the way, a lot of the photos that I post were taken by the legend of Polish photography, Marian Schmidt... pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_Schmidt.

Schmidt called himself "a wanderer, looking for treasures in everyday life"...

Marian Schmidt


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