Descriptive Numbers in Prague

Buildings in Prague have two numbers: a descriptive number (číslo popisné) and a reference number (číslo orientační). The descriptive number is unique within one cadastral area. Today these numbers can be found on red plaques, but the original numbers were either painted or engraved onto the buildings or etched onto […]

Prewar German-Czech Street Signs in Prague

These bilingual German and Czech street signs (some include descriptive house numbers) date from before WWI, likely before 1892 when the Czech-controlled City Hall decided to replace the city’s bilingual street signs with exclusively Czech ones.

Old Building Numbers in Uzhhorod

I found a couple descriptive building number plaques that date from the interwar period when Uzhhorod was part of Czechoslovakia. The signs were written in three languages: Rusyn (Ukrainian), Czech, and Hungarian. Descriptive numbers would have been unique within the municipal part (a village, a quarter, mostly for one cadastral […]

Remnants of the Past in Klosterneuburg

Traces of the past in Klosterneuburg, an ancient town right outside of Vienna. Boot Scraper Guard Stones Hoisting Beam for Lifting Goods Building Number and Conscription Number Metal Shutter

Building and Street Signs in Vienna

Antique building number signs still adorn many of Vienna’s buildings — at least, I assume the rectangular and oval metal plaques date from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as they look very similar to Lviv’s prewar street signs. Unlike in Lviv, the official language didn’t change in Austria so […]

Prewar Glass Signage

Few prewar windows with signage remain—not surprisingly as glass is the most fragile of all remnants of the past. Windows were (and are still) used for street names and building numbers, conscription numbers, names of establishments, and decorative designs. Conscrption Numbers The following are probably some of the oldest as […]

Conscription Numbers and Street Signs in Przemyśl

It is not uncommon in Przemyśl to find two, three, or even four different number signs on one building (dating to different periods and regimes: Austrian, interwar Polish, Communist, modern). The reason is probably because unlike in Lviv, in Poland there was never a campaign to remove Polish inscriptions from the […]