Largest Collection of Vintage Czech Travel Posters Exhibited

A Czech-American father-son duo has amassed the largest collection of posters in the world outside of the Czech Republic

The town of Cedars Rapids, Iowa, in the American midwest has maintained strong ties to the Czech and Slovak community that settled the area in the early 19th and 20th centuries.

So much so that the town boasts a Czech Village, a collection of Czech-related businesses like Deda and Babi’s Antiques, as well as a museum devoted to Czech and Slovak heritage that has become one of the town’s major tourist attractions.

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This month, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library has unveiled a notable new exhibit featuring the largest collection of vintage Czech travel posters outside of the Czech Republic.

Photo: National Czech & Slovak Museum / Facebook
Photo: National Czech & Slovak Museum / Facebook

The exhibit, Czech Travel Posters from the Lowry Collection, showcases 43 posters that once enticed travelers to explore the beauty of Czechoslovakia and attract tourism to destinations throughout the country.

The collectors, father and son George S. and Nicholas D. Lowry, built their collection of Czech posters over the past 25 years, amassing more than 1,000 pieces.

Fans of American public television will recognize the name Nicholas “Nicho” Lowry as a regular appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow. His father George Lowry, was born in Czechoslovakia, escaping prior to World War II and Hitler’s occupation of the country.

Photo: National Czech & Slovak Museum / Facebook
Photo: National Czech & Slovak Museum / Facebook

The Lowrys opened the exhibit with a public talk earlier this month; representatives from the museum asked that visitors refrain from bringing their treasures to be appraised.

If you happen to be in Iowa, the exhibit ends on March 5, 2017.

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