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|"Brandy's chicory coffee and rye is always delicious coffee for a crowd"—Milan Zábranský's Brandýská Cikorka a Žitná Káva Nativity.|
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Milan Zábranský has created a stunning diorama from a vintage Brandyská Cikorka A Žitná Káva
Czech promotional nativity sheet.
Shown at left, it measures 14 x 10.5 inches, with its sloped sides and top covered with a light blue fabric that creates a soft background for all the colorful pieces. It's a great way to present a nativity scene: under glass, and with a nice label that announces to the viewer, "Brandy's chicory coffee and rye is always delicious coffee for a crowd."
"There was no real coffee during the war," Milan explains. "So people drank Branyská's chicory and rye instead."
If you look closely, you can see Brandyská products all over the nativity sheet: stashed in a little snow mount, under a village woman's arm, filling another woman's wicker basket, in a boy's satchel, even a Magi's arms!Reklamní Papírové BetlémyPromotional Paper Nativities
"Printed paper cut-out nativities occur in Bohemia from the end of the 18th century," Milan Zábranský and Jiřina Hánová inform us in the spiral-bound Czech Promotional Nativities 2009 Calendar
published by the Association of Czech Nativity Makers
with financial support from the Culture Minstry of the Czech Republic.
"Peculiar among them are nativities featuring figures kneeling before the Infant Jesus bearing products that the company wanted to promote as gifts.
"These promotional nativities that began to be distributed in the 1930s, provided manufacturers with a new mode of advertising during the then international economic crisis.
"Sheets printed in color, with the nativity on one side and the company logo and advertising slogans on the other (mouseover last thumbnail, above, right) were given free to customers with their purchase.
"Most of these 21nativities we know of today give neither the artist nor the year of issue; these were not so important to the issuing company. This is quite specifically a Czech form of advertising, and nothing similar is known in another country.
"The Czech Society of Nativity Scenes
, in collaboration with the advertising, graphic design, and production studio Artliving
, has prepared this 2009 calendar for you with six promotional nativities. We hope that each time you look at them you will be reminded of the magic of Christmas."
—Milan Zábranský and Jiřina Hánová
We'd like to thank Milan and Jiřina, and the Czech Nativity Makers
Bohumil Dusek, František Karas, and Zdeněk Peer who also contributed to the creation of this calendar.Promotional Nativity Sheets now available as Free Downloads
With the compliments of all of our Czech friends listed above, Crechemania.com is delighted so share with you as Free Downloads
all six promotional nativities from the Czech Promotional Nativities 2009 Calendar
Our first download? Brandyská Cikorka A Zitná Káva
, shown above.Click on this link
, or on Czech Promotional Nativity Sheets
at left, and have fun!