1882 - I
1948 - XI - Prague
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The eleventh festival, in 1948, was the first one held post-WWII, and would have been banned by the new Communist government, but preparations had gone too far for them to prevent it. The spectacle "Faithful Forever" commemorated Sokols that died during the war. The number of participants of the festival exceeded 500,000. During the processions, there wer demonstrations against the communist regime and President Gottwald, leading to punishment of more than 1,000 Sokol members after the festival. Shortly thereafter the Communists created their own "Spartacist Games," which were boycotted by the true Sokols. No true Sokol games were held again until after the fall of the Communist regime, in 1989.
Again there were both summer and winter games, and again postal cards were issued for each. There were two sets of 8 for the winter games, and for the summer games a set of 16 captioned in Czech plus a set of 8 captioned in Czech and French. Some of these are shown at the bottom of this page.
In addition, two sets of postage stamps were issued for these games.
POSTER STAMPSThere were two sets of "official" poster stamps issued for these Games. The first, below, consists of setenant blocks of ten designs. I have seen it in four languages - English, French, Spanish, and Russian. Surely it was issued in Czech as well! And how about German? No, probably not!
The second set is a single, simple design with a falcon,
the symbol of Sokol ("sokol" means "falcon").
And above is a single stamp with the message Spoříme na XI. všesokolský slet (Save for the XI Slet), which must have been issued the prior year, and obviously was designed as a partner to the blue set above.
RUDÉ PRÁVO Advertising StampsŠtefan Šuták sent me scans of his collection of poster stamps issued in 1948 by the Czech Communist newspaper Rudé Právo. Below is an example. CLICK HERE to see them all!
Membership stamps, 1948, 1949, 1950I have not seen a lot of these, though they must be plentiful.
Did every club have its own stamps, or were they issued at a higher level - per district / national?
The lack of any ID except the COS logo suggests they are national, and the design was changed each year.
POST CARDSThree reproductions of cards/paintings from earlier Slets: 1887, 1895, 1901
The cards below seem to have been the "official" set for this Slet, as not only do they comprise 12 designs, they were issued in at least NINE languages - I have Czech, English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Slovak, Esperanto, and Danish. I am showing one example of each design, and all nine languages.
Unfortunately, the backs of these cards have no text except "HP" in the bottom left corner, and the Slet logo at bottom center. All are exactly the same. EXAMPLE HERE
I suspect there are many more of these.
1932 - IX
1938 - X
1943 - London
1948 - XI
1948 - Rudé Právo labels
1994 - XII
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Created -- 10/25/2005
Revised -- 06/17/2020