Hunt is on for Gdańsk’s oldest postcard – and the owner could win 1,000 PLN
Gdańsk Museum is offering a cash prize in an effort to try and track down the city’s oldest postcard.
Launching the initiative through an exhibition called ‘Wanted’, the organisers are hoping people both in Gdańsk and elsewhere will be encouraged to ‘search their homes and ask their friends’.
Museum spokesman Andrzej Gierszewski said: “The aim of the exhibition, apart from the presentation of postcards, is also to find a postcard from Gdańsk sent earlier than the one known today.
“The first and thus the most desired one by collectors. The search continues.”
The oldest known postcard dates from 20 July 1889.
Sent from Westerplatte by the Gebrüder Zeuner factory from Ogarna Street, the browning card shows a lighthouse overlooking a waterway.
The 150 other postcards on display are taken from the museum and private collections.
Some document architectural changes in the city, official celebrations or private events.
Two showing a panorama of the Main Town during the day and night were sent within a few months of each other by the same sender to the same addressee in Berlin.
For unclear reasons, 150 years later one ended up in an antiquities shop in Poland and the other in Germany.
The exhibition will be on display until July 31, 2022 at the Palowa Gallery of the Main Town Hall.
Applications can send their nominated cards to the following address: Poszwana@muzeumgdansk.pl