Santiago, 18-Mar-2013

Tito and Pinochet: A Wholly Unscientific 12-Second Comparison of the Pop Culture Legacies of Two Dictators from the 1970s

The full title of this aside: TITO AND PINOCHET: A WHOLLY UNSCIENTIFIC 12-SECOND COMPARISON OF THE POP CULTURE LEGACIES OF TWO DICTATORS FROM THE 1970s (and 1980s), ONE FROM THE LEFT AND ONE FROM THE RIGHT Two decades after Yugoslavia burst at the seams, the hip, pierced and tattooed crowd …

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Yugoslav National Army illustrated postal stationery, circa 1978

These are six illustrated envelopes produced by the Yugoslav National Army (JNA) in the mid 1970s. I love this first one, portraying a cute red-capped blond temptress playfully hugging a tree while eying the soldier’s gun. All but one were sent to the same woman in Zagreb – I brushed …

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Trebević Mountain Polka (Sarajevo notebook II).

Catching up on last month’s visit to Sarajevo, here’s a four-minute high speed stroll down the 1984 Olympic bobsled run on Trebević Mountain. Apologies for the bumpiness, but I imagine that an actual ride on a bobsled would be a bit bouncy too. Particularly these days when a machete would …

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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! That’s one happy and smooth-looking motorist, no? I hope he didn’t …

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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 1980, Tito, the president of …

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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 hyperinflation period. All those zeros are blinding. Ain’t …

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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 I haven’t met any yet. While …

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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 models. My guess is that this monster is among the heaviest too. This model was made …

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Latest Balkan contribution: ‘tennis hooligans’

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 ‘provocative’ songs to each other and, if plausible, start …

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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 Vojvodina, Croats from Croatia. We have Albanians, Macedonians, Roma, Muslims from Bosnia.” and …

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