A newly released collection of postcards from the early 20th century offers a rare glimpse of Southeastern Europe.
The archive includes photos from Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia—which collectively form a landmass known as the Balkans.
Stretching from the late 19th century into the early 20th century, the postcards provide a picturesque look at a region outside of its violent history, which started in 1912 with the Balkans Wars and ended with the Kosovo War 1999.
As one of Winston Churchill’s many aphorisms goes, “the Balkans generates more history than it can locally consume.” But while the peninsula in Southeastern Europe has seen a lot of war, it’s also home to a stunning landscape and more than 50 million people that form a diverse fabric of cultures.
The vintage postcards are part of the Europeana project, an online library of millions of historic images and documents curated from cultural institutions across Europe.