Sunday, 5 August 2012

Some Polish history

I thought I would be struggling this week but along came this postcard from Poland just in time.  The card shows a detail from a painting by Canaletto, though this is the nephew of the Canaletto who painted so many pictures of Venice.  He is also known as Bernardo Bellotto and was court painter to King Stanislaw from 1764.  The building to the left of the church is used today for university classes.

The person who sent me the card pointed out the stamp and suggested I googled "Poland Isfahan" which I duly did otherwise I would have had no idea.  I also put "Isfahan - miasto dzieci polskich" through the translator and came up with Isfahan - city of Polish children.

And this is the story of the stamp: During the Second World War, Iran hosted 150,000 Polish refugees and Isfahan housed thousands of children, so leading to the name "City of Polish children".

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, now hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"


  1. I had no idea of this part of Polish history. what a sad chapter in the history of WWII. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I also had no idea about this part of Polish history. I had heard about Katyn but not the plight of refugees as they were shuffled around the globe. Definitely something I need to read more about!

  3. Whata lovely little history lesson, and how thoughtful of the sender to point out the interesting link.

  4. A lot of sadness I never knew about

  5. I'd never have guessed that Polish refuges were given sanctuary in Iran and also that thankfully the children were saved from harm. Fascinating piece of WW2 history, and nice stamp.
    Thank you for the info on the Bulgarian stamp certainly brings new light to it. I don't know Boris V either, didn't think they got to that number.

  6. It's a stamp that I probably wouldn't have looked at twice. Now it is a totally different story - I would never have know about this otherwise.

    I posted late this week my link is

  7. I didn't know about that bit of history, either. I really like the stamp now though.

  8. I had no idea. I'm glad to know about this bit of history. I'd love to hear first-hand accounts from the children.


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