15 May, 22:00

Black and white photos of Lviv: the history of the city in photographs from the 1920s and 1930s

Black and white photos of Lviv: the history of the city in photographs from the 1920s and 1930s
Lviv is a city that has always attracted the attention of artists and photographers. This is what happened in the interwar period, as evidenced by black-and-white photos that are currently in the collection of the National Digital Archive of Poland.

Smila, Sonyachna, Technichna streets, as well as Cathedral Square and Rynok Square were in the lens of photographers in Lviv.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Cathedral Square was the real heart of Lviv. Various fairs, religious processions and festive events took place here. The photos record not only the architectural grandeur, but also the everyday life of Lviv residents - from city walks to important public events. Located between the streets of Lviv, it adjoined Rynok Square.
Rynok Square has always been the center of economic and social life of the city. Photographs from the 1920s and 1930s reveal a view of the old buildings, including the Town Hall, which is a symbol of the city government. Market stalls, street vendors offering their wares and numerous pedestrians create the impression of non-stop movement and activity.

Smila and Sonyachna streets of that time appear with the traffic typical of that time of locals and visitors to the city. The buildings along the street have preserved their Austrian style, creating a unique atmosphere of old Lviv.
The photos show cozy courtyards, green alleys and small cafes that attracted residents with their hospitality.

In the 1920s and 1930s, these photos were published in the pages of the Illustrated Daily Courier. This magazine was popular among Lviv residents and served as an important source of information and entertainment. Photographs complemented articles about city life, historical events, and cultural events, helping readers better visualize what they were reading about.

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