Postcards of the Past

Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is a city in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic, located at the confluence of the Svitava and Svratka rivers. Brno has about 400,000 inhabitants, making it the second-largest city in the Czech Republic after the capital, Prague. Around 1900 the city had a predominantly German-speaking population, as opposed to the suburbs, which were predominantly Czech-speaking, so that life in Brünn/Brno was bilingual, and what was called in German "Brünnerisch" was a mixed idiom containing elements from both languages. Hence many of our postcards which date from the early 1900s have German text.