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“How Could Anyone with a Reasonable Mind Come up with Something Like This?” The War and Hungarian Hospital Trains through the Lens of a Photographer at the Don Bend

From the eastern front of World War II, twelve trains operated by the Red Cross brought home hundreds and thousands of wounded Hungarian soldiers, while at constant exposure to attack. The photos of József Reményi, a first lieutenant from Szabolcs County serving at the commissary, provide a rare insight into the little-known world of hospital trains, into the relationship between occupiers and the civilian population, and into the fate of Jews conscripted to forced labor. The war from the perspective of a good-hearted, average man.

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Vending Machines and Self-Service Restaurants in Socialist Hungary

“On November 7, a bar called Mézes Mackó is opening on Rákóczi Street, with the first Jukebox in Budapest, which provides entertainment for only one forint,” this is how a newspaper on October 22, 1956 reported about future automation. The newspaper also reported that the first fully automated self-service snack bar would be set up on the corner of Lenin Boulevard, with vending machines selling all sorts of products, including Vienna sausages, beer, sandwiches, and cakes. “Whether more ‘robotized units’ will open at other spots in the city depends on the success of the first vending-machine bar.”

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Redressed: Brief History of Hungarian Window Display Dressing

The window display is an exhibition: An interesting, sometimes bizarre, sometimes harmonious arrangement of all sorts of objects, that draws our attention: as the Hungarian saying goes, “All for the eyes, but nothing for the hands.” Shop windows sometimes lure us with an air of abundance, sometimes, they are ashamed testimonies of scarcity. We either take pleasure in looking at them or are appalled at their sight. There are just so many different ways to dress a window.

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