We recently posted about the newly digitized photographs from the American National Red Cross Collection, sharing an overview and selections from this vibrant and massive resource.
I took a personal interest in these newly uploaded images as they represent a great addition to our accessible corpus of images of Poland. Not only does this collection put forth heart-wrenching portraits and scenes, but it also includes images of the architecture of Poland as it stood before the destructive toll of the Second World War. Of particular interest to some may be the images of Warsaw’s Old Town, which suffered dearly in WWII.
The photographs also provide valuable insight into a nation in transition and with a rich history. These images can be useful for researchers looking to identify cultural characteristics of Poland and its people, as well as fascinating for those with Polish heritage or a personal interest in the resilient country.
The captions that accompany each photo add more detail than typically comes with our historic photo collections. The information provides a rich understanding of the situations depicted. Below are some photos of Poland and its people which attracted my attention.
- Explore many more American National Red Cross photographs of Poland, its architecture and people.
- Take a look back at our previous post about the American National Red Cross and learn more by visiting our American National Red Cross Collection overview.
- If you are interested in World War I in particular, check out our page, World War I in Pictures: An Overview of Prints & Photographs Division Collections and previous blog posts categorized under World War I.
- Browse images of Poland from an earlier time in our Photochrom collection.