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Enamel "вход" / "Entree" sign, Bulgaria, 1960s
Material: metal / enamel
Size: ± 36,0 x 60,0 cm
(big one, check out the second picture with a size 10,5 for scale)
Text: Bulgarian / Cyrillic and French!
Year: from the 1960s
Why the French?
Bulgaria gained its liberty from the five-century rule of the Ottoman Empire in 1879. As a young country that had been part of an Oriental state for so long, it strived to create its independent image on the world stage and stand proud as a European country. So a strong trend of negating everything influenced by the Ottoman era, from clothing to language, swept the country. This was the time when Bulgarians started wearing European clothes (as opposed to the Oriental costumes they used to wear before), furnishing their homes with Viennese cupboards, tables, and chairs, and searching for new words to substitute the ones that existed only in Turkish in the language at that time.
One of the greatest European influences felt in the country then was the French. Many French words infiltrated the Bulgarian language, such as ‘madame’ and ‘merci’. To incorporate French words while speaking was considered a sign of a modern and progressive mind.
Derived from: "The Culture Trip", read the whole article about the use of French words in Bulgaria. The link opens in a new window.
Tags: sign, enamel, 1960s, hospitality, French, Bulgarian, Cyrillic, latin, entry-sign, welcome
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