Category - Yugonostalgia

1968 Yugoslav Road Atlas

The joys of spring cleaning for a packrat. I rescued this from a trash heap in my father’s garage in Ohio about a year-and-half ago and brought it back ‘home’. Translation: Happily on your way with a Tomos Colibri...

Tito on Stamps

In my world, May 4 will always be associated with two things. In 1970, four students were killed and nine others wounded when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on demonstrators at Kent State University not too far from where I grew up. And in...

Blinded by zeros

For those of you who are fascinated by large denominations, this is a 500 Billion Dinar note I found this morning, issued by Yugoslavia in 1993. It was the largest nominal value ever printed by the country, near the peak of its...

trabant quality control.

About a year ago, I mentioned the Yugo I proudly spent four years driving around the hills of southeast Ohio. I’m sure there are at least a few folks in the former East Germany who share a similar fondness for their famed trabants, though...

What’s on Radio Titograd?

Found this old radio in my grandmother’s attic over the weekend, an RIZ (RadioIndustrija Zagreb) 634 UKV. According to this Croatian collector’s site, stariradio.com, it was the last of the Zagreb manufacturer’s series of 28...

Latest Balkan contribution: ‘tennis...

So reports Belgrade 2.0: Apparently Serbian and Croatian diaspora in Australia have nothing better to do and no bigger worries, so it seems that their biggest problem was the existence of each other. In all that boredom they decided to sing...

Mental hospital without a country.

From a Reuters story in The Scotsman on the Stimlje mental institution in Kosovo: “The patients came here when Yugoslavia was still alive,” says the director, Kujtim Xhelili. “So we have Serbs from Kosovo, from Serbia, from...

yugonostalgia.

When sorting through a few boxes of stuff I had shipped here from the states, I found these: the keys to the 1988 Yugo that I drove through the hills of southeast Ohio for more than five years. It was a good car, and despite the odometer dying...