Today we are in the year 1921.  We are taking a quick look (what we like to call a ‘history primer’ for the same year and then we are providing the exclusive English translation of the Obsah or Table of Contents for the 1921 edition of the wonderful Czech-American journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář.

1921 — and The Roaring Twenties have begun!  Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.  Theodore Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) enrolled for four years at Dartmouth College.  Mies Van der Rohe designed the famous Friedrichstrasse skyscraper.  The famed Houdini began his own film company in New York City, while Amelia Earhart took her first flying lesson!  Charlie Chaplin released the silent film ‘The Kid’ featuring himself along with Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick.

Warren G. Harding, the first sitting Senator to be elected, was inaugurated as President of the United States while during this same year Adolph Hitler was named the leader of the Nazi Party in Germany.

The largest dirigible, the ZR-2 broke apart in flight in England and with a terrible explosion crashed in flames killing 44 crew members, while five survived.  Earnest Hemmingway married in Chicago, Mahatma Gandhi was given authority over the Indian National Congress, and Winston Churchill signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

As all these events unrolled across the globe, the editors of the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář, put together their 44th edition and below you can see, in our exclusive translation, what they provided for us!


The National Calendar for the Year


With 102 Pictures of Serious as Well as Humorous Content.

Volume XLIV (44)


Published and printed by August Geringer, 2520 S. Crawford Avenue.

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TITLE PICTURES:–The First All Sokol Congress in the Czechoslovak Republic.  (10 000 Female Sokols Performing Free Mass Floor Exercises.) – From the Jubilee Congress of the Association of the Czech Ladies in Chicago, Illinois.

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Annual Calendar. — Yearly signs and dates. — Moving holiday.  – Eclipses of Sun and Moon.                                                                                                                                          3

Monthly rubrics with first names.  — Inserted pages for incomes and expenses in the household.  Happenings in the skies. — Sayings.                                                                            4-27

List of names in calendar according to the alphabetical order                                       28-30

Czechoslovak Pantheon.  – Czechoslovak National Activists.                                            31

Lawful Holidays in the United States.                                                                                31

Presidential Candidates:  Harding – Coolidge; Cox – Roosevelt                                        32

Through the Morning Fog of Freedom.  – A picture from the post war reconstruction. Written by R. Jaromír Pšenka.  With eight illustrations by Josef Froula.                                     33

Twenty Years of Journalist’s and Writer’s Work–With the portrait of R. J. Pšenka.                                                                                                                                     96

The Parish Priest’s Cook.  Written by Alois Janda. (With the portrait of the author.)        97

A Peony Flower.  A poem by Josef Bezděka.                                                                   118

A Thick-Headed Man.  Written by Václav Lenoch. (With the portrait of the author.)      119

Misanthrope.  A poem by Josef Mach.                                                                             152

Triple Christmas.  A page from the lives of American Czechs from the fifties. Hugo Chotek.                                                                                                                                    154

Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow. A poem by Josef Bezděka.                                       168

After War the Piece.  Written by Bedřich Moravec.                                                         169

The Rose.  Text to the song “A last Rose.”   Karel Babánek.                                            179

Where did those times go?  Drawing by Mikuláš Aleš.                                                    179

Americanism of Immigrants.  (Collected and written by Josef Buňata)                           180

Sonnet from the collected works “A Life.” Written by Salvator.                                       202

Forgiving.  Written by M. Ir. Folková-Bělohlavá                                                              203

Taganrog Romance of a Student.  Written by Frant. Matějka.                                         207

For Sad Moments.  Collection of humor with 30 funny pictures                                      211

Philosophy of humor.  Written by Donotforget [Nezabudka]                                            228

Slovakia.  Edited by Ben Třebelský. (With five illustrations.)                                           231

Progress in Feminist Movement in Bohemia.  Written by Zdeńka Kroužilková               241

Beginnings of Fruit Farming in the United States.  Collected by Em. Kroupa                 243

Fever.  Written by Dr. Karel H. Breuer.                                                                            249

General Congress of Sokol in Prague during the days of June 26-29, 1920 (With 5 illustrations)                                                                                                                                    251

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Reminiscences of Czech Settlers in America:                                                                  264

Frant Korbel. – Emanuel Beránek – František Hess, Riverside, California. – Šebesta family – Jan Kadrlík, Lonesdale, Minn.  – Jan Beníšek, Antigo, Wis. – Alois Urbanec, East Bernard, Texas. (With six pictures.)

Nutritional Value of Vegetables                                                                                                                    283

A Small Advice Column Concerning the Law.  Collection of the most important laws, the knowledge of which is important for a citizen in his private as well as his business life. .                                                                                                                        284

Useful Advice for General Use.                                                                                       291

Postal Tariffs.                                                                                                                   295

Census in the year 1920.  Sixty Eight largest Cities in the United States.                          298

Useful Advice for Everyone.                                                                                            298

National Folk Songs with Melody:  I am knocking, I am knocking. – By the Manor. – Already They Are Taking My Beloved. – On the Cliff in the Pine Tree Grove.                        299

Advertisements                                                                                                       302 – 320


A list of English language textbooks, dictionaries, educational as well entertaining

books published by Aug. Geringer may be received for free upon each request.. —

Address:  Aug. Geringer, 2520 So. Crawford Avenue, Chicago, Ill.


This ends our translation of the Table of Contents from the 1921 edition of Amerikán Národní Kalendář!  Tomorrow we bring you yet another exclusive!

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