The beautiful cards depict what today we would consider fairly traditional seasonal scenes. But within the context of their times, depicting religious themes and symbols was revolutionary.
Sent on February 29th, 1888, the postcard depicts a side-burned sailor puffing on a pipe, as well as the iconic crane building standing on the city’s quayside. The postcard’s recipient was a company director called Berhard Lahs who lived in the Silesian town now known as Kamieniec Ząbkowicki.
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’.
To draw attention to their beauty and promote them as worthwhile tourist attractions, Sabina Strzelecka set out to discover all of the country’s 17 lighthouses after being inspired during a beachside evening where she caught a glimpse of a distant flashing light.
The project run by Warsaw’s fine art academy provides a unique insight into how people have coped with the pandemic.
Aimed at people without the internet and the elderly, the postcards also allow the museum to keep in touch with the local population.
EXCLUSIVE: The simplistically beautiful cards were created by some of Poland’s leading illustrators who became known as the Polish School of Illustration.