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Rise of Modern Cities
September 30, 2015   
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A new exhibition at the University of Warsaw Library chronicles the evolution of Polish cities and the rise of a culture of mass consumption in Poland at the end of the 19th century.

Entitled The Promised Land: The City and Modernity, the exhibition was put together by the Polish History Museum. It shows visitors the first shopping centers, train stations and streetcars that emerged in the largest Polish cities at that time, such as Warsaw, Cracow, ŁódĽ, Poznań and Lvov (now in Ukraine). According to Michał Kopczyński, who organized the exhibition, the industrial revolution in Poland “as more than the rise of factory-based industry—it also revolutionized the way most people lived their lives.”

The exhibition comprises photographs, press cuttings, posters and everyday objects that illustrate the rise of modern cities. Visitors can stop at a stereoscopic viewing center, listen to music from a record player, play a vintage board game and even shop at Herse’s, an exclusive fashion house from the 1930s. Items on show also include a penny-farthing bicycle, period dresses, an Ericsson telephone, a Kodak camera, a telegraph and weapons from a century ago. There are also such peculiarities as a decorative toilet bowl from the 19th century, a spittoon and an Art-Nouveau cash register. The exhibition is accompanied by silent movies screened in a mobile cinema.

Until Dec. 6
University of Warsaw Library
Ground floor exhibition room
56/66 Dobra St.
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