Zsa Zsa: a star on Hollywood Boulevard, a museum in Budapest
Glamorous dresses and furniture and the edition of "Life" magazine with Zsa Zsa Gábor on the cover are among the exhibits at the museum dedicated to Hungary’s most famous film star that opened recently in Budapest’s District XV.
Weekly Fortepan – The fashion of resistance
Blue jeans acid-washed in bathtubs, etc – anything but mass-produced items!
Fashion has been a favourite topic of discussion even back in Socialist times when bold dreams met a rather modest reality and modest means compared to the present or to the Western world. However, in spite of the fact that there was hardly anything ...
Everyday life in uniform in a children’s home of the Hungarian State Railways Company
Quiet hours, Indian camps, a museum of the workers’ movement, teenagers in uniforms saluting, and orphans trying out cameras. The Children’s Home of the Hungarian State Railways Company (Magyar Államvasutak, MÁV) in Kőszeg was both physically and figuratively very close to the “school at ...
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55 challenging but good years in Hungary: Caroline Bodóczky
It was in 1958 that Caroline Griffin was asked by a friend at her English boarding school whether she would like to become the penfriend of a fifteen-year-old Hungarian boy living in Kecskemét.
Weekly Fortepan – The untold success story of the cyclists in the countryside
A little Amsterdam on the Great Hungarian Plain
In the minds of most Hungarians, bicycle riding is associated with the Netherlands or Denmark. In fact, it has a long tradition in Hungary, too, and – thanks to the cyclists of the countryside – Hungary is one of the top bicycle-riding countries in ...
How the socialist food industry reformed everyday life in Hungary
The ‘modern’ diet
The second half of the 20th century saw major changes in food consumption worldwide: new types of ready and ready-to-cook meals, frozen and canned goods appeared on the shelves transforming daily life. Although in the West these new technologies boosted the lucrative character of ...
Holocaust survivor receives Hungarian honour
Lily Ebert, a 98-year-old Hungarian survivor of the Holocaust living in London, has been decorated with Hungary's Order of Merit, Knight's Cross, in recognition for her efforts in Holocaust education.
Two-time Olympic champion gymnast Margit Korondi dies aged 88
Two-time Olympic champion Hungarian gymnast Margit Korondi has died at the age of 88, her former teammate Alice Kertesz told the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) in agreement with the family of the deceased.
Weekly Fortepan – Even colours are different in the West
The death agony of capitalism in colour photos
Passing by Hegyeshalom border village between Austria and Hungary, colours get a different shade. Upon leaving the border and the monotone greyness of the Comecon, colour pigments heighten, neon lights pull you in and lip gloss becomes lively on women’s lips – even though ...
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‘Pioneer’ Japanese pianist is at home in Budapest
Foreigners the world over may find they feel happier in their adoptive countries than they did in their homelands. The explanations are various: from climate to culture, and from work opportunities to a personal rapport with the locals.