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Published on October 03rd, 2016 in Entertainment

  • Trabant from Cars and Motorbikes of the Socialist Era

  • Retro food packaging from The Nostaliga that Lives in Us

  • Fun at home from The Nostalgia that Lives in Us

  • Vintage ads on display at National Technical Museum

  • Czech Pavilion, Brussels Expo 1958

  • Czech Cezeta Electric Scooter from 1958

 

If you are on Facebook then you really must follow these retro-themed pages; spanning topics from architecture to fashion in Czechoslovakia and beyond, they are a visual treasure trove for design enthusiasts.


What is your favorite spot for on social media for photos celebrating this era? Let us know on our own Facebook page:


Socík Style


One of the very first interviews we ever posted on the blog was with Adriana Zavodska Oravec-Mičova, the brilliant force behind Socík Style, a blog which pays homage to “Everyday Life, Art and Design in Czechoslovakia from the 1950’s to the 1980’s,” with loads of wonderfully retro photos and fascinating historic notes on the clothes, cuisine, and culture of the ČSSR.

Follow Adriana's equally great Facebook feed here  

 


L-R: Bratislav shop Window; retro toys (Photo: Socik Style Facebook)

 

Cars and Motorbikes of the Socialist Era

 

Vintage cars showing up in your Facebook feed? What's not to like? In Slovak, Autá a motorky z čias socializmu (Cars and Motorbikes of the Socialist Era), features Trabants, Škodas, Tatras and all manner of classic Socialist-era vehicles.


Follow Autá a motorky z čias socializmu here



Brussels Expo 58

The award-winning Czech pavilion at the Brussels Expo in 1958  introduced the world to Czech design. This very active blog and associated Facebook page devoted to the era are complete eye-candy for anyone who appreciates design objects of the 1950s and 80s and not just from Czechoslovakia.


Follow Brusel Expo 58 here


Alfa camera (photo Brusel Expo 58 Facebook)


Made in Czechoslovakia


Tragically, this project seems to have lapsed, but the wealth of links and photos from its collection of “applied art, industry, propaganda, and miscellaneous ephemera,” which includes stamps, ticket stubs, buttons, and luggage tags from back in the day, makes it well worth a like.


Follow Made in Czechoslovakia here


They also have a great Flickr feed

 


L-R Czechoslovak typography (photo: Made in Czechoslovakia Facebook); Vintage hairdryer (photo: National Technical Museum, Prague Facebook)


National Technical Museum


I highly reccomend a trip to this off-the-beaten-path museum in Prague 7; I also recommend that if you are fan of things like vintage hair dryers or 19th-century carousels, you follow the museum's visually engaging Facebook page for the wealth of vintage photos from current exhibits and its archives.



Follow Národní technické muzeum here


The Legendary 1970s


A Czech Facebook page devoted to the hitmakers of the 70s (trust me, if you like Karel Gott, just go with it!). Enjoy an endless stream of hideous hairdos, vintage vinyl,  and cheesy Czechoslovak pop tunes! So many videos, so little time...


Follow Legendární 70.léta here




Legendární 70.léta (photo: Facebook)

Nostalgia that Lives in Us


In Czech, Nostalgie co v nás žije is the Facebook page of Dita Alinčová, a retro enthusiast who cultivates a terrific page of images from yesteryear that you will not be able to stop scrolling through once you start.


Follow Nostalgie co v nás žije here


SOS Brutalism


Not exclusively a Czech page but a worldwide campaign to save the Brutalist architectural style that was a favorite of Soviet bloc countries in the mid 1960s to late 1980s. (See the Kotva department store in Prague). A database of some 900 buildings, the page in maintained by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt which hopes to turn the collection of photos into an exhibit next October 2017.



Follow #SOSBrutalism here

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