Masks for Little Heroes

 Masks for Little Heroes (Hua Hua Architects, 2020). Lego figures put on face masks as well: doctors and nurses, superheroes and techers, sportsmen and workers, little men and little women. Why should children be afraid of them? Masks for Little Heroes were designed and made by the Hua Hua Architects studio in Brno. You can […]

UN: We Are All In This Together

On August 11, a set of six postage stamps was published by the United Nations for the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, valued in dollars, euros and Swiss Francs. The stamps, designed by Rorie Katz, a graphic artist and illustrator and currently Creative Director of the UN Postal Agency, include pictograms for six public health […]

Sewing Machine with Temptation

The Sběratel collectors’ fair – cancelled in March due to the epidemic and the emergency measures –published a complementary coupon accompanying the stamp titled Temptation (Pokušení, March 2020), designed by Vladimír Suchánek (b. 1933). The coupon and the postcard portray a sewing machine, commemorating „the tens of thousands of sewing machines and their artful owners, whose artifice […]

Object of the Month: July 2020

Object of the Month: July 2020 Remdesivir A collection of objects that depicts life in the time of a pandemic must include medicines. In a story of fighting disease, a drug bottle or phial represents victory, prefigures the end of the hard times and gives face to the hope that defeating the plague is in human power and […]

Hejrupáčci (The Hej Rup Guys)

 The Směr Cooperative was among the largest toy producers in socialist Czechoslovakia. In the 1980s, Směr manufactured simpler, smaller version of Igráček figures under the name Hej Rup. The series included a physician: two doctor toys belong to the Medical Museum collection and – although they wear no masks – have been included in the COVID […]

Masked Playmobil Figures

  Playmobil, the German version of the Igráček figure, has been produced by Geobra Brandstätter GmbH in Zirndorf since 1974. During the Corona pandemic, the makers of both Igráček and Playmobil used their production capacity to make face masks. For charitable purposes, both Igráček and Playmobil donned face masks themselves. Playmobil HeldInnen des Alltags campaign […]

Object of the Month: June 2020

  Object of the Month: June 2020 Igracek Figures With Face Masks Face masks have become the most prominent symbol of the Corona pandemic in the Czech lands and beyond. Masks represent, on the one hand, the efforts of thousands of people to contribute to defeating the plague, to protect themselves and to help those […]

Object of the Month: May 2020

Object of the Month: May 2020 Surgical Face Mask, 1970s- 1980s Masks we have used during past three months and continue to use to protect our fellow human beings and ourselves during the pandemic, were originally intended for medical personnel. Face masks were introduced to stop the spread of droplet infection beyond operation theatres, maternal […]