|Many of the postcards of Poland which appear on this website have been provided by
Waldemar Rudziecki of the Museum of Contemporary Pomeranian Marine Handicraft in Gdynia.
We are most grateful for the opportunity to display these excellent images, and we urge any of
you who are in or near Gdynia to visit this museum - there are about 12,000 images of old
postcards of towns and villages in Poland available to view via a "Fotoplastikon" system which
displays the postcards on LCD screens throughout the museum. There are of course many other
|A Note on Polish Place Names.
The place names in today's Poland have changed frequently during the last 200 years. Most
locations in the former provinces of Silesia (Schlesien), Pomerania (Pommern), Brandenburg &
East Prussia (Ostpreussen) kept their German names until 1945, but now they are no longer
used. In the Province of Posen and in West Prussia (Westpreussen) both Polish and German
names were used in the records during the 19th century. Generally in West Prussia, German
names were used predominantly and the Polish ones only occasionally. There are no particular
problems with the place names in Congress Poland and Galicia - in most cases their Polish
form remained unchanged or only slight modifications in their spelling occurred. The official
Russian versions of the place names in Congress Poland and the Western gubernias of Russia
(formerly Polish) usually differed only in spelling - those differences reflected both the
necessity of transliteration from the Latin alphabet to the Cyrillic and some phonetic
differences between Polish and Russian. Except for Warsaw, we try to use the contemporary
Polish names in our Polish pages, although we sometimes use the German name. You will
notice that, to add to the confusion, many of the postcards give French versions, eg Varsovie.
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|In conjunction with Zazzle, we have produced an extensive range of gifts, using images from these
old postcards. The items available include many reproduction postcards, coffee mugs, greetings
cards, key chains, fridge magnets, watches etc. Many images on these pages have a direct link to a
reproduction postcard - just click on the image to see and buy it ! (They are only about £1 each !)
Or, to view more gifts based on our old postcards of Poland, follow this link.