Books from 1960s Czechoslovakia: part 2

Czechoslovak books (1960s)

27/05/11 – Second installment of book covers, dust jackets, endpapers and title pages from Czechoslovakia circa 1960. (more…)

Books from 1960s Czechoslovakia: part 1

Czechoslovak book covers

20/05/11 – A selection of book covers, dust jackets, endpapers and title pages from Czechoslovakia circa 1960. (more…)

Animal illustrations from the Prague Zoo (1963)

Prague Zoo: hippopotamus

13/03/11 – Matchbox label series featuring animals from the Prague zoo. Printed by the Solo matchworks in Lipník, Czechoslovakia, 1963. (more…)

Czechoslovak aircraft stamp series by J. Lukavsky (1967)

Glider L-13

01/12/10 – Series of postage stamp designs by Jaroslav Lukavsky featuring Czechoslovak aircraft. Engraved by Josef Herčík in 1967. (more…)

Czechoslovak Red Cross matchbox label series (1959)

Pecujte o cistotu pracovist

16/07/10 – Matchbox label series from 1959 for the Czechoslovak Red Cross. Messages include such wise adages as: “Alcoholism ruins society.” “Play safe!” “Keep your town clean.” and “Respiratory exams catch TB early.” (more…)

Czech and Japanese matchbox labels

matchbox label book covers
29/01/09 – PIE books, Japan: Cesky Filumenisticky Design (2005) and Japanese Matchbox Label Collection 1920s-40s (2004). Text in Japanese. Maraid’s matchbox labels on flickr//

Calendar illustrations by Czech artist Josef Lada

Josef Lada Calendar: January

08/02/08 – Josef Lada’s calendar illustrations from the 1940s featuring traditional Czech occupations, pastimes and holiday scenes. (Unfortunately, February is missing.) (more…)

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