The Romanian Blouse as a national symbol

Ia, the Romanian blouse, has always been a source of inspiration for artists from different fields. It was used as a national symbol during the pre-union period of the Romanian Lands, a symbol of national propaganda during the rule of King Charles (Carol) II and during the period of the Antonescu regime. The Romanian blouse…

A cloudy day in Strasbourg

Earlier this day I was in Germany for shopping, but today is the Feast of Corpus Christi in Baden-Württemberg and all markets are closed, except for those who aren’t Christians. Anyway, I didn’t shop today so I got back to France by my bicycle, but because of works on roads I had to take the…

Being a tourist in the amazing New York City of 1930s

In 1934, Berenice Abbott took a photo which we can call now an icon. New York by wasn photographed enough, but there is nothing like this shot. The view over Manhattan from the top of Empire State Building at night, where cars are still noisey, people are stil working, drinking in a bar, reading fairtales…

The whole different New York City in 1900

I’ve found some pictures with New York City from 1900s. Today, the places in the following pictures are no longer what they were. Because of the post-World War II economic boom, American cities have seen massive demolitions to make space for cars and parking lots. At the same time, in the 1920s, buildings were demolished…

The Botanical Garden of the University of Strasbourg

The Botanical Garden of the University of Strasbourg is a botanical garden founded in 1619 in the former Protestant Academy of the city, which became Strasbourg University two years later. Its creation by professors of the faculty of medicine of Strasbourg is due to the need of training of their students. Originally located in the…

Basarabia sovietică, NKVD și investigarea profanării portretului lui Hitler

Distrugerea sau profanarea portretelor liderilor din Uniunea Sovietică atârnate în locuri publice a fost considerată o crimă gravă. Un caz foarte diferit a avut loc în Basarabia sovietică în anul 1940, imediat după anexarea regiunii de către URSS, când un localnic a îndrăznit să ardă drapelul Germaniei naziste și să distrugă portretul lui Adolf Hitler….

The Myth of the Holy Crown of Hungary

In the Hungarian Constitution adopted in 2011 it is said that the Hungarian nation “boasts … the holy King Stephen, who created the Hungarian state … and became part of the Christian Europe” and “honors the Holy Crown, which symbolizes the constitutional continuity of statehood and unity of the nation. ” The mentioned crown is…

1755 Corsican Constitution already granted women the right to vote

If French women vote for the first time in the municipal elections of April 29, 1945, history also holds that Pasquale Paoli, during the drafting of the Corsican Constitution, already granted the right to civic expression to Corsican women , almost two centuries ago. The Corsican Constitution of 1755 made Corsica the first modern democratic…

7 Facts about the origins of women’s rights

Partial suffrage was first received by women of New Zealand. In 1893 they were allowed to vote, but not elected (this right they achieved in 1919). The key figure of New Zealand suffrage was the Englishwoman Kate Sheppard. Her image today can be seen on a ten-dollar bill of the country. The United Kingdom and…

Colonial Italian villages in Libya. 1934 – 1939

Libya has been under Italian rule since 1911, when it was conquered in the war with the Ottoman Empire. From then until the Second World War, the Italians moved to Libya and were then under the protectorate of the Kingdom of Italy. The development of the region under the Italian administration was different, being conditioned…

The General Exhibition of Bessarabia from 1925

Neoromanian architecture and art déco at the General Exhibition and Sample Fair in Chișinău, 1925 During the interbellum, Romania was evolving in the architectural domaine, having a great number of skilled architects who would build palaces and social buildings, as the other European countries used to do. In the 1920s, the neoromanian and neobrîncovenian architectural…