Vintage Esperanto Posters – Collector’s guide
As you may know, Esperanto is an artificially constructed language. Thus, it belongs to no linguistic family. However, most of its words come from Roman languages, making Esperanto fairly easy language to learn. It also has some Slavic and Germanic elements.
You may also know that inventor of this language was Dr Ludwik Zamenhof, Polish ophthalmologist at the end of 19th century. The meaning of word “esperanto”(which was Zamenhof alias) is particularly interesting: it translates into English as the “one who hopes”.
So, Zamenhof’s alias quickly became an official name for his language. His main intention was to create second universal and international language. Zamenhof was hopeful that new international language would foster peace and mutual understanding between the people all over the world.
Vintage Esperanto posters and memorabilia
Soon after Zamenhof published “Fundamento de Esperanto”, he began to form associations which will nurture his legacy. Numerous Esperanto congresses took place all over the world with usage of Esperanto growing steadily throughout 20th century. Fascists regimes in Germany and USSR persecuted the speakers, but they managed to publish periodicals, promotional posters and other memorabilia. In mid 1950’s, the United Nations granted official support to Esperanto as international language.
So after the WWII and in coming years, Esperanto language was very popular. This was obviously because of its main ideas: the peace and mutual understanding. The people were sick of war. Therefore, most of vintage Esperanto posters came out of print during this period. The items printed before the war are exceptionally scarce. The posters were printed to promote events organized all over the world. There were also various brochures and even paintings promoting the ideas of love, peace and understanding.
Where you can find vintage Esperanto posters
These items are quite rare, but there are few places online where you can find some of them. Today, around 2 million people in 115 countries are still using Esperanto language. However, they use it as a second language. The most famous Esperanto museum is located in Vienna, within the Austrian national library.
If you are interested in Esperanto items from Yugoslavia and Western Europe, feel free to check items in our shop.
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