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“Those Are My Grandparents!” – Great Discoveries from the Letters Sent to Fortepan

From time to time, the editors at Fortepan are moved by the letters from readers who took the effort to write down the story behind a particular Fortepan photo or by messages from people writing to tell that they have recognised a family member, a friend, or an old classmate. These letters confirm our belief that (among other reasons) it is worth dealing with archival photos because of these types of great discoveries. The following is a selection of ten from the latest Facebook messages, comments, and letters from readers.

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Soap factory compositions

Amateur photography relating the life on an industrial plant in the fifties /// The factory is gone, but the payroll accountants are still beaming and the women’s football team is posing for us from these pictures. These were the times when the arrows of the soapery workers made the dollar-tailed imperialist beast screech in pain – socialist emulation and proletariat in Kőbánya, photo-documented by János Keveházi.

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Zofia Rydet

Budapest in the sixties on the photos of the most famous woman photographer of Poland /// It wasn’t until her mid-forties that she began taking pictures as a self-taught photographer, yet Zofia Rydet became one of the best-known Polish photographers ever. Due to a love affair, she visited Hungary several times in the sixties and seventies. Her images vividly captured the everyday life of children and the elderly as well as the bustling world of traditional Budapest markets.

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The Market of Inaccessible Goods

Western articles in Hungary during the socialist era /// Let’s drop in the Budapest International Fair (BNV), browse and taste everything we can; after all, all the specialty products of the Western market debut there. Later, we should have some American refreshments in the bar after filling up our cars with Italian super-petrol and scented our bodies with French perfumes. But wait, where are we and which year is it again?

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75 years later

Images of amateur photographer Tivadar Lissák’s Foster Daughter in the forties and today /// Fortepan fans are sure to know the name and photos of Tivadar Lissák. The talented amateur photographer is one of the important sources of our archive, as a couple of years ago, thanks to his family’s generosity; we could make more than two thousand of his images public. His images are regularly featured in Fortepan exhibitions, and at seeing the pictures currently on display in the Fény Street Market Hall, the photographer’s foster daughter decided to contact us and complete the information we had about Lissák’s photos with interesting details.

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