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  • Feb24

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    Vaclav Simanek side by side
    Two photos of my great-grandfather Václav Šimánek from our family albums – the rather dashing one on the left taken about 1894 in New York and the one on the right later in life back home in Czechoslovakia.

    We believe he took a trip from Czechoslovakia (then called Bohemia) to visit some previously emigrated family in Baltimore, Maryland then returned home.

    While scanning our family photos I did find a clue that we may not have the whole story – I noticed that the back of the first photo (aka a “cabinet card”) has a photographer logo of Rud Bachmann and address of 6 East 14th Street in New York, so apparently Vaclav took a side trip before returning home.

    The family story goes that he was impressed with the set up of fire departments in the United States and when he returned home to Předmíř he used what he learned to create a better fire department there.

    Needless to say I now have a very strong urge to add some handlebars to my own moustache.

  • Dec1

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    Town gathering in Simanek home town of Predmir, Czechoslovakia.

    For wordless Wednesday: A photo of the Prague Sokol XI Slet exhibition in 1948 from our family album. Some interesting related information can be found at The History of Sokol.

  • Nov3

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    Town gathering in Simanek home town of Predmir, Czechoslovakia.

    Click on any photo in this blog to see a larger image.

    Balancing out my blog a little with a Wordless Wednesday post. But with words.

    This is a photograph from the Czech side of my family -according to notes from my mother:
    “Town gathering in Simanek home town of Predmir, Czechoslovakia.”

    While we have a lot of early 20th century family photos that look like postcards, something about this one gives me the feeling it was mass produced.