1930-1950

As Poland entered its second decade of independence, cities, old and new, were now touted as tourist destinations. Through these posters you can see that the emphasis was not only on culture, but also on modernity. While the traditional cultural heritage of cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin and Poznan are clearly visible, so to are advertisements for  luxury liners and skiing. It is interesting to point out that many of the messages on these posters are actually targeting foreigners, and are written in French, Russian and German. Sadly, Poland’s progress in modernization was halted abruptly during the 1940s. As the war wore on, the majority of Polish cities were damaged and the country’s infrastructure was destroyed. A far cry from the colorful prints of the 1930s, cities became mass graves and symbols of the darkest moments of modern history. Centuries of history, art, culture, and millions of lives were lost, leaving cities barren.