Ljubljana related

01 May 2020, 12:33 PM

Today is the 1 May national holiday for Labour Day, which as - as you might imagine - quite a big deal in Yugslavia. Yo ucan get some idea of this in the fascinating pictures of the Labour Day Parade in Ljubljana, 1961, going along today's Slovenska cesta, and taken by Jože Gal.

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23 Feb 2020, 17:52 PM

This set of old postcards was shared by Petra Leskošek. The show Ljubljana in the early years of the 20th century, were published by Orel Dušan, are from the collection of Z. Tančič.

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Before the Triple Bridge and Prešeren Monument

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Before the Triple Bridge, and when the monument was new

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What today is Miklošičev Park

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Town Hall and the original Robba Fountain

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Čopova, before McDonalds, H&M and Mueller

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The Old Cafe Europe, by today's main library

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Hotel Slon and the Post Office

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02 Feb 2020, 20:24 PM

As a child growing up in Logatec, I cannot remember a winter in which snow wouldn’t present a major element in the organisation of everyone's lives. Adults hated it, children loved it. It presented numerous possibilities for free outdoor play, another disappearing element of our societies today.

1952 was a record year for snowfall in Slovenia. A 146cm snow cover was measured in Ljubljana, while reports from other parts of Slovenia were hindered due to damaged communication lines.

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Tram in snow, Ljubljana, 1952
 
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Mobilisation for snow removal in Ljubljana, 1952
 
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Preseren square, Ljubljjana 1947
 
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A women in front of her house, perhaps 1952
 
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Yugoslav People's Army clearing the road between Bovec and Kobarid, 1952
 
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Cerknica, 1956
 
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Celje, 1957
 
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Children playing on frozen Ljubljanica River, year unknown
 
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Kranjska Gora, year unknown
 
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Castle Hill, Ljubljana, year unknown
 
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Triple lakes, Maribor, 1964
 
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Prešeren Square, Ljubljana, 1987
 
 
13 Jan 2020, 17:00 PM

The skiing season is here, and with the lack of snow at lower altitudes it’s easy to forget that, once upon a time, skiing, sledding and the like could be reliably enjoyed outside the big resorts and off the mountains in Slovenia, a common part of winter life.

Related - Is there snow on the slopes in Slovenia?

Now with climate change the snow line is receding and cannons are often needed to keep the slopes in business, a trend that’s only likely to increase in the years ahead – provided the slopes and resorts stay open at all.

But all that’s rather depressing, so let’s take a break from the climate worries of today and look back at some postcards from Kranjska gora, with snow and without, and see what’s changed and what’s stayed the same over the last 120 years.

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1900

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1910

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1913

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Undated

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Undated

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Undated

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1933

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1938

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1960

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1960

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1960

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1962

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1964

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1964

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1964

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1969

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1969

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1969

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1969

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1969

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1969

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1969

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13 Dec 2019, 13:00 PM

Grandpa Frost (Dedek mraz) has been around for about 70 years now, and despite the 1990s poor projections about his survival after the change in political system, is about to enter the 2020s alive and well. You can read more about this gift giving figure read here.

Below, you can see some of the early pictures from Maribor and elsewhere of Grandpa Frost (Dedek Mraz) on gift-giving visits to schools, hospitals and public halls that might be even more interesting in terms of the event’s surroundings and kids’ fashions of the day.

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Dedek Mraz at OŠ Franc Rozman - Stane, 1961; Photo: Danilo Škofič

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Dedek Mraz at OŠ Franc Rozman - Stane, 1961;  Photo: Danilo Škofič

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Dedek Mraz at OŠ Franc Rozman - Stane, 1961; Photo: Danilo Škofič

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Dedek Mraz at OŠ Franc Rozman - Stane, 1961; Photo: Danilo Škofič

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Dedek Mraz at OŠ Franc Rozman - Stane, 1961; Photo: Danilo Škofič

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Dedek Mraz at OŠ Franc Rozman - Stane, 1961; Photo: Danilo Škofič

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Dedek Mraz at OŠ Franc Rozman - Stane, 1961; Photo: Danilo Škofič

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Dedek Mraz at pediatric hospital in Maribor, 1959

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Dedek Mraz at pediatric hospital in Maribor, 1959

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Dedek Mraz, location unknown, 1961, Photo: Jože Gal

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Dedek Mraz, location unknown, 1961, Photo: Jože Gal

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Dedek Mraz, location unknown, 1961, Photo: Jože Gal

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Dedek Mraz, location unknown, 1961, Photo: Jože Gal

 

 

19 Nov 2019, 22:48 PM

One of most recognizable buildings in Maribor stands at Glavni trg 1 (Main Square No. 1), where the centre of Maribor’s social life was hosted for most of the 20th century.

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Photo: Ralf Roletschek© http://www.roletschek.at/
 

The story of the building is closely related to the nearby bridge, now called the Old Bridge. It was built by a German man Ludwig Franz, who had amassed significant wealth by manufacturing pasta, and decided to bring some advanced urban spirit into the city by building a well-equipped up-to-date house at one end of the new bridge which was being constructed.

The completion of the building occurred one month after the opening of the bridge, which was on August 23, 1913. With his brother Ludwig dedicated the house to their mother and named it Cafe Teresienhof (Theresa’s Court Café).  

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Cafe Teresienhof, 1913
 

The house was quite advanced for the time, having its own electricity generator, while the café’s services included the possibility of ordering a lunch at the City Square, where it was then delivered by a carriage.

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Cafe Teresienhof, 1916
 
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Cafe Teresienhof, WWI
 
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Velika kavarna, first half of the 20. century
 

When Adolf Hitler paraded across the main square in 1941, the house was already called Velika Kavarna (Grand Café).

In the fifties and sixties Velika Kavarna was a venue of many pleasant social events for the citizens of Maribor, with many later stars in the Slovenian popular music scene beginning their careers there.

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Velika kavarna, 1961; Photo: Jože Gal
 

Following this golden age of the Velika Kavarna, a casino came into the building, which went bankrupt in 2009 and left the old café’s salon in not so splendid condition. Apparently, the casino’s management, having no money at hand to pay staff their deserved salaries, decided they could just take with anything valuable they could find on the premises. This is how Velika Kavarna was stripped of its lights and chandeliers.

Years of negotiations and fights over ownership ensued, all slowly inscribing themselves into the walls of the building, until the Grand Café was finally reopened as the Salon of Applied Arts, which decided to preserve the entire history of the place on the walls and equipment and turn the café back into a hangout for everyone curious about history of the house and local design.

Unfortunately, Salon of applied  arts closed its doors permanently in July 2019. We wonder what will happen next.

 

13 Oct 2019, 10:34 AM

Certain areas of Slovenia are prone to flooding, and many of these were highlighted in 2010, when over the weekend of 17 to 19 September heavy rain caused the waters to rise in Ljubljana, the Central Sava Valley, Laško, the Slovene Littoral and Lower Carniola. In all the extreme weather event impacted 60% of Slovenia’s municipalities (137 out of 212), and the total damage was estimated at more €240 million.

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Source: Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Flash Floods in Slovenia, Tajan Trobec (2016). Link to full paper.

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Flooding in Celje. Source: Wikimedia - Brane Petrovič & Borut Podgoršek, mors.si, public domain

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Unknown location. Source: Wikimedia - mors.si, public domain

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Unknown location: Source: Wikimedia - Emil Jalovec, GŠSV

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Unknown location: Source: Wikimedia - mrwho00tm

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Unknown location: Source: Wikimedia - mrwho00tm

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Unknown location. Source: Wikimedia - mors.si, public domain

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Unknown location. Source: Wikimedia - mors.si, public domain

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Flooding in Litija. Source: Wikimedia - poldek_tedy CC-by-3.0

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Hubelj Creek, Ajdovščina. Source: Wikimedia - Brane Petrovič & Borut Podgoršek, mors.si, public domain

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Ljubljana. Source: Wikimedia - SI-ZIGA

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Ljubljana. Source: Wikimedia - SI-ZIGA

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Ljubljana. Source: Wikimedia - SI-ZIGA

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Source: Emil Jalovec, GŠSV

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Source: Wikimedia - Brane Petrovič & Borut Podgoršek, mors.si, public domain

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Savinja and Laško: Source: Wikimedia - Brane Petrovič & Borut Podgoršek, mors.si, public domain

07 Jul 2019, 12:31 PM

This collection of old photos and postcards shows some of the ways Slovenska cesta (also, for some years, Titova cesta) changed and stayed the same in the century, with each image showing buildings you can still see today as you walk along the newly, and mostly, pedestrianised street, with the only traffic now allowed being bicycles and buses.

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Another view of hte Cafe Europa, early 20th century.

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And another view, with Figovec restaurant just outside the picture on the left. 1911

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Mid-20th century

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1950s. You can see Šestica restaurant on the left - open in 1776 and still running today

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1950s

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1950s, and showing the edge of Kongresni trg / Congress Square

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Hotel Slon on the right, 1950s

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1959

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The edge of the Tavčer Palace on the left, 1959

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Old buildings being pulled down in front of Nama department store, 1961

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1961

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Roadworks, 1963

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Another view of the Tavčer Palace, with Figovec again just out of sight on the left, 1965

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1968

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1968

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10 Jun 2019, 10:30 AM
06 Jun 2019, 12:24 PM

This Friday, 7 June (2019) sees the start of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, which runs until 29 September. This edition is curated by the art collective Slavs and Tatars and is going out under the title Crack Up - Crack Down, with a focus on satire in the region. The Biennial takes place at the International Centre of Graphic Arts (Mednarodni grafični likovni center, MGLC), in Tivoli Mansion, the building shown in the image at the top of this story. To mark the event, which has been running since 1955, we thus went to the archive (aka Wikimedia) and returned with these images of the Mansion, and other parts of the park, in first half of the 20th century.

Other posts in this series can be found here

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The fish pond, 1898

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The fish pond, 1902

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The fish pond, 1912

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Tivoli Mansion, 1907

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Tivoli Mansion, 1916

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Tivoli Mansion, undated

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Tivoli Mansion, undated

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Tivoli Mansion, undated

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Tivoli Mansion, undated

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Tivoli Mansion, 1933

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Jakopič Promenade, 1930s

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Hotel Tivoli / Švicarija - undated

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