Collection.Chromos

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Collection Chromos

Chromolithographies, also called chromos, are small images that were produced en masse over a century from 1850’s to the early 1950’s. They were offered to children by popular brands or department stores. British food company Liebig has produced 11,500 different images. French chocolate producer Poulain has proposed some 25,000. Either with entertaining or educational contents, chromos were very popular. The themes were unlimited and many chromos series were presented as a small encyclopaedia. In schoolyards, they were displayed, commented and exchanged with passion. After WWII, chromos lost attractiveness. The evolution of advertising made them an out-of-date commercial vector.

 

Our collection of chromos picturing Poland ranges from the years 1875's to the early 1970's. The most recent dates back 2010. This page presents some of them. Many of these chromos are parts of a wider collection about countries, towns, folklore of the world. The letter "c." (circa) indicates an approximative period. Euro and Zloty coins indicate the scale for the smallest pictures of the collection. Complete series are displayed with slides (click to view and enlarge). For a better navigation, this collection is presented with the following themes:

 

1. Folklore

2. Flags - Maps - Symbols

3. Costumes

4.Towns - Monuments

5. Famous People - Celebrities

6. History

7. Militaria

8. War

9. Booklets

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1. FOLKLORE

2. FLAGS - MAPS - SYMBOLS

3. COSTUMES

4. TOWNS - MONUMENTS

5. FAMOUS PEOPLE - CELEBRITIES

6. HISTORY

7. MILITARIA

8. WAR

9. BOOKLETS