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Fun Find: Retro Hračky Book & DVD

Published on April 16th, 2015 in Shopping

  • Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

  • Page from the book, Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012)

 

I never turn down the chance to add a book about classic Czech toys to my home library. And when that book comes with a DVD featuring vintage Czech commercials and said toys in action, then I really can't resist!

 

I discovered Retro Hračky '50s-'80s (Popron, 2012) on the shelves of Palác Luxor bookstore's art and design section. Unique for its small, square format, it's a fantastic lightweight souvenir for anyone who is interested in Czechoslovak-era design. The book is part of a series that includes other thrilling titles like Retro Móda (Retro Fashion) and Retro Lahůdky (Retro Yummies).

 

While the short texts that preface each chapter are in Czech, you will have no trouble navigating the colorful pages of pictures portraying the Czech version of Etch-a-Sketch, Igráček (the Czech answer to Playmobil), Tatra toy cars, funky doll furniture from Chemoplast (lovely name for a toy manufacturer, no?), and baby carriages from iconic Czech toymaker Směr.

 

The DVD, complete with highly cheesy music and low quality production values makes for an equally entertaining 30 minutes of viewing. Aside from the Czech toy action sequences (see a clip below) you will find television commercials showing children at play with their toys in fabulously retro apartments, and on playgrounds with Communist-era housing looming in the background.

 

 

 

  

Without a doubt the whole project plays on the deep nostalgia related to that period of time. Which runs so deep in fact that a Czech friend of mine who watched the DVD with me was nearly moved to tears. I can think of no better endorsement than that – and at 199 CZK the book is a steal.

 

 

PALÁC KNIH LUXOR

Václavské náměstí 41, Prague 1
http://neoluxor.cz/
tel +420 296 110 384
hours Mon –Fri 8:00–20:00; Sat 9:00–19:00; Sun 10:00–19:00
metro C to Muzeum or A/B Můstek

 

 

 

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