Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia has become a Transcaucasian hub in the 19th century. During this time a lot of social, political, economic and cultural changes took place. The oriental Tbilisi became a mix of the West and the East and the center of South Caucasus.
Capitalism was rapidly developing in the Russian Empire and so it was in Georgia (The country was annexed by the Russian Empire). New industrial enterprises appeared, a railway connecting Tbilisi and Poti was built. Banks were founded, workshops, department stores and exhibition halls were built. During this time new magazines, newspapers, science and art centers and societies came to life. Art exhibitions were held, the national theater was reborn. All of these establishments needed advertisement to reach out to public. So here they are – 29 examples of 20th Century Georgian Advertising. All of the images are taken from the book Old Tbilisi published in 1984 by “Sabchota Sakartvelo” Publishing House.
I just stumbled upon at these interesting photos of Soviet Tbilisi ranging from 1950’s to the end of 1980’s. These images feature some buildings and monuments that are not there anymore or have been changed. I will write another post about that later. In the meantime take a look at ‘greener’ Tbilisi.
Lenin monument at the former Lenin Square (Currently Freedom Square)
მოხეტიალე წიგნები (Strolling Books) – A Facebook page has been set up in Georgia to give out books for free. The idea went viral and in three days the page got almost 30,000 likes.
According to the page, any person may leave a book at public place, add a message a date and a place. The next person who’ll find and read the book should also add a date and place when and where found; later leave it at a park, in a cafe or somewhere else. The books are about everything and for everybody.