History - Warsaw, Poland
Prewar Warsaw was enshrined in thousands of photos and postcards. Many of them have survived to this very day in the collections of the State Archives of the Capital City of Warsaw.
Warsaw had a population of 1,300,000 prior to the year 1939. The neo-Gothic, neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, and Modern architecture of the main streets - Krakowskie Przedmieście (Cracow Faubourg), Jerozolimskie Avenues, Nowy Świat (New World Street), and Marszałkowska Street - endowed the city with the look of a European metropolis.
In 1945, the destroyed and burned capital of Poland was a sea of rubble. Its reconstruction, often conducted in accordance with postwar - frequently ideological - guidelines also brought changes to the image of the city. Warsaw was reborn. This in no way means that it is impossible to find reconstructed fragments of the prewar city. An example is the Old Town rebuilt on the basis of old paintings, graphics and photos, entered onto the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1980.
This is the very first time when archival materials from the collections of the State Archive of the Capital City of Warsaw are presented on puzzles. Up till now we have published and promoted our holdings in a more traditional way through exhibitions, catalogues and albums. I believe however, that this original way of presenting archival materials will also allow to consider a photo or a postcard not only as a nice picture, but also as a source of knowledge about history of a city and its architecture. Perhaps, thanks to the puzzles we can even better scrutinize unique elements of architecture that sometimes might escape our notice during having a glance at a postcard or skimming through an album. I also hope that presented pictures encourage all fans of puzzles to visit Warsaw, that has been changing over the years.
I would like to invite you to www.epuzzle.info wishing you a lot of fan with arranging puzzles of historical views of the capital city of Poland,
Director of the State Archive of the Capital City of Warsaw