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February 6, 2023

Just Before Dissolution, 30 Fascinating Photos Capture Street Scenes of Czechoslovakia in 1992

Czechoslovakia was a landlocked country in Central Europe, created in 1918, when it declared its independence from Austria-Hungary. In 1938, after the Munich Agreement, the Sudetenland became part of Germany, while the country lost further territories to Hungary and Poland.

Between 1939 and 1945, the state ceased to exist, as Slovakia proclaimed its independence and the remaining territories in the east became part of Hungary, while in the remainder of the Czech Lands the German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia was proclaimed.

After World War II, the pre-1938 Czechoslovakia was reestablished, with the exception of Carpathian Ruthenia, which became part of the Ukrainian SSR (a republic of the Soviet Union).

From 1948 to 1989, Czechoslovakia was part of the Eastern Bloc with a command economy. Its economic status was formalized in membership of Comecon from 1949 and its defense status in the Warsaw Pact of 1955. A period of political liberalization in 1968, the Prague Spring, ended violently when the Soviet Union, assisted by other Warsaw Pact countries, invaded Czechoslovakia.

In 1989, as Marxist–Leninist governments and communism were ending all over Central and Eastern Europe, Czechoslovaks peacefully deposed their communist government during the so-called Velvet Revolution, which began on 17 November 1989 and ended 7 days later when all of the top Communist leaders resigned.

On 31 December 1992, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the two sovereign states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia as the result of national tensions of the Slovaks. Just before dissolution, these fascinating photos from Sludge G show what street scenes of Czechoslovakia looked like in 1992.

Brno. Tatra T3 trams, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Brno. Mahen Theatre (Mahenovo divadlo), Czechoslovakia, 1992

Brno. Tatra car No. 1527, route 17 to Modřice, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Brno. The leading T3 car is No. 1519, route 14 to Modřice, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Frenštát pod Radhostěm. Market Square, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Hradec Králové. Barkas caravan, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Hradec Králové. IFA truck outside the brewery, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Hradec Králové. The Velké náměstí or Great Square, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Jihlava main square, St Ignatius church and trolejbus, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Jihlava náměstí, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Jihlava náměstí, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Jihlava, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Jihlava. Route B trolleybus in the main square, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Jihlava. Škoda 9Tr trolejbus No. 17 on route E, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Jihlava. Škoda 1000 MB, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Olomouc. A snow flurry had just subsided into sleet and rain, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Olomouc. Škoda, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Olomouc. Tatra T3 No. 135 in snow shower, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Opava. Škoda 14Tr No. 66 on route 1 to the city cemetery, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Opava. Škoda Tr9 trolleybus, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Ostrava. Tatra tram No. 770 runs between Hlučínská and Dubina, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Ostrava. Trolleybus 3107, a Škoda 9Tr, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Prague. Tatra T3 Tram 6510 of the Prague system on route 9, passing Národní Divadlo - the National Theatre, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Trenčianska Teplá, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Trenčianska Teplá, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Zlín. Škoda 9Tr Trolejbus No. 125 at Dům Obuvy - House of Shoes, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Zlín. Škoda 14Tr Trolejbus 142, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Zlín. Škoda Tr14 Trolejbus 148 with Škoda van, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Zlín. Škoda-Sanos No. 317, Czechoslovakia, 1992


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