Fashion has been a favorite topic of discussion even back in Socialist times when bold dreams met a rather modest reality and modest means compared to the present or to the Western world. However, in spite of the fact that there was hardly anything to buy, or perhaps because of it, we are sometimes pleasantly surprised by the stylish and original outfits of the people in the photos taken in the years of shortage economy.
Chief Scouts, royal princesses, and governors followed in each other’s heels in the Royal Palace Parks of Gödöllő in the 1930s: Hungary hosted two large-scale world Scout jamborees in that period, one of them took place in the summer of the fateful year of 1939. The young people attending the events were making friendships and having fun while people following the events, especially the leaders of the movement regarded and celebrated them as the token of a peaceful future. Then, two weeks later, World War II broke out.
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?
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.