Mała Encyklopaedia Polonica


Picturing Poland in chromos

Chromolithographies are small images that were produced en masse from 1830s to early 1960s. They are smaller than postcards, sometimes no larger than a postage stamp. These little images were called chromos in France, trade cards in the UK/USA or Sammelbild in Germany. Diffusing a brand advertisement, they were offered to capture clients interest and loyalty. Some images were parts of larger series or albums on specific themes (history, geography, sciences, architecture,...). Our collection focuses on Poland.

1.     Folklore


2.    Flags - Maps - Symbols


3.    Towns - Monuments


4.    History


5.   Militaria - War


 6.     Famous People - Celebrities


7.    Miscellaneous


Booklet - 1965


Tobacciana - Felt and Silk Flags - c. 1910-1915