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Sokol Collection

Sokol, a word that resonates with strength, unity, and pride

Background imageSokol Collection: Yugoslavia - Sokol Rally in Belgrade

Yugoslavia - Sokol Rally in Belgrade
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSokol Collection: POSTER: BOOKS, 1966. Enjoy summer more, read books. Poster by Bill Sokol, 1966

POSTER: BOOKS, 1966. Enjoy summer more, read books. Poster by Bill Sokol, 1966

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - 10th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1938

Czech Republic - 10th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1938
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - 9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932

Czech Republic - 9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932
9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932. A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic)

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1920s

Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1920s
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1929

Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1929
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - 6th All Sokol Rally in Prague

Czech Republic - 6th All Sokol Rally in Prague
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - 8th All Sokol Rally in Prague

Czech Republic - 8th All Sokol Rally in Prague
8th All Sokol Rally in Prague. A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic)

Background imageSokol Collection: Sokol rare bookshop, Chelsea, London, England, UK

Sokol rare bookshop, Chelsea, London, England, UK

Background imageSokol Collection: Orlican L-40 Meta Sokol G-APUE

Orlican L-40 Meta Sokol G-APUE (msn 150708), at Blackpool-Squire's Gate Airport, in November 1972. Date: 1972

Background imageSokol Collection: Sokol Festival, Masaryk Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Sokol Festival, Masaryk Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia
Aerial view of people in formation at the Sokol Festival, Masaryk Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia. Date: 1948

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL-Swidnik W-3RL Sokol 0417

PZL-Swidnik W-3RL Sokol 0417
Polish Air Force - PZL-Swidnik W-3RL Sokol 0417 (msn 310417), , at Duxford for Helitech, on 22 September 2009. Date: 2009

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3 Sokol 0702

PZL W-3 Sokol 0702
Wojska Ladowe - PZL W-3 Sokol 0702 (Wojska Ladowe - Polish Army ) Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3 Sokol 0501

PZL W-3 Sokol 0501
Wojska Ladowe - PZL W-3 Sokol 0501 (Wojska Ladowe - Polish Army ) Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3 Sokol 0520

PZL W-3 Sokol 0520
Wojska Ladowe - PZL W-3 Sokol 0520 (Wojska Ladowe - Polish Army ) Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3 Sokol 0209

PZL W-3 Sokol 0209
Marynarka Wojenna - PZL W-3 Sokol 0209 (man 310209). (Marynarka Wojenna - Polish Navy) Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3 Sokol 0615

PZL W-3 Sokol 0615
Wojska Ladowe - PZL W-3 Sokol 0615 (Wojska Ladowe - Polish Army ) Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3 Sokol 0618

PZL W-3 Sokol 0618
Wojska Ladowe - PZL W-3 Sokol 0618 (Wojska Ladowe - Polish Army ) Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL-Swidnik W-3W Sokol 0613

PZL-Swidnik W-3W Sokol 0613
Wojska Ladowe - PZL-Swidnik W-3W Sokol 0613 (msn 0613) (Wojska Ladowe - Polish Army ) Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3 Sokol 0701

PZL W-3 Sokol 0701
Wojska Ladowe - PZL W-3 Sokol 0701 (Wojska Ladowe - Polish Army ) Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3A Sokol 0709

PZL W-3A Sokol 0709
Czech Air Force - PZL W-3A Sokol 0709 (msn 3700709), of CEF 243.vrl. Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3A Sokol 0719

PZL W-3A Sokol 0719
Czech Air Force - PZL W-3A Sokol 0719 (msn 3700719), of CEF 243.vrl. Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3A Sokol 0715

PZL W-3A Sokol 0715
Czech Air Force - PZL W-3A Sokol 0715 (msn 3700715), of CEF 243.vrl. Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: PZL W-3A Sokol 0717

PZL W-3A Sokol 0717
Czech Air Force - PZL W-3A Sokol 0717 (msn 3700717), of CEF 243.vrl. Date: circa 2000

Background imageSokol Collection: The War in the East, Sketches in Bulgaria and Servia (engraving)

The War in the East, Sketches in Bulgaria and Servia (engraving)
1053750 The War in the East, Sketches in Bulgaria and Servia (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The War in the East, Sketches in Bulgaria and Servia)

Background imageSokol Collection: Mraz M. 1D Sokol OK-DHR

Mraz M. 1D Sokol OK-DHR
Mraz M.1D Sokol OK-DHR, at Orly Airport for the 1949 Salon Aeronautique, with air display number 54. Date: 1949

Background imageSokol Collection: The Sokol Festival of 1938, (1947). Creator: Unknown

The Sokol Festival of 1938, (1947). Creator: Unknown
The Sokol Festival of 1938, (1947). Crowds watch a mass performance (or slet ) by competitors during the Pan-Sokol International festival in the Strahov Stadium, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Background imageSokol Collection: POSTER: BOOKS, 1966. Take books along this summer. Poster by Bill Sokol, 1966

POSTER: BOOKS, 1966. Take books along this summer. Poster by Bill Sokol, 1966

Background imageSokol Collection: POSTER: BOOKS, 1966. Books add something extra. Poster by Bill Sokol, 1966

POSTER: BOOKS, 1966. Books add something extra. Poster by Bill Sokol, 1966

Background imageSokol Collection: POSTER: BOOKS, 1966. Take a book along this summer. Poster by Bill Sokol, 1966

POSTER: BOOKS, 1966. Take a book along this summer. Poster by Bill Sokol, 1966

Background imageSokol Collection: Sokol Rally, Brno, Czech Republic - Moravian Year Festival

Sokol Rally, Brno, Czech Republic - Moravian Year Festival - held on 29th June 1914 Date: 1914

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - 14th All Sokol Rally in Prague

Czech Republic - 14th All Sokol Rally in Prague
14th All Sokol Rally in Prague. A rally to promote public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Sokoln Brass Band

Czech Sokoln Brass Band
Men of the Sokoln (Czech) brass band, marching through Prague, Czechoslovakia, for the opening of the Slet. Every year the Sokol band opens a bigger athletics ceremony. Date: 1930s

Background imageSokol Collection: Marathon Runners

Marathon Runners
Marathon runners enter the stadium. Date: 1920

Background imageSokol Collection: Cosmonaut spacesuit gloves

Cosmonaut spacesuit gloves
Pressure Suit Gloves, type Sokol, of one of the most experienced Soviet and now Russian Cosmonauts, Alexander Kaleri. These gloves were formed only for his hands

Background imageSokol Collection: Orlan spacesuit display

Orlan spacesuit display. This is a Soviet EVA (extravehicular activity) spacesuit, with its own air supply, used for space walks outside a spacecraft or space station

Background imageSokol Collection: Soviet Sokol spacesuit

Soviet Sokol spacesuit
Soviet spacesuit used by cosmonauts on missions to the Soviet space station Mir up until 1990. This Sokol (falcon) spacesuit was worn during launch and re-entry

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - 7th All Sokol Rally in Prague

Czech Republic - 7th All Sokol Rally in Prague
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - Promoting Sokol Rally 1920s

Czech Republic - Promoting Sokol Rally 1920s
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageSokol Collection: Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague

Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)



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Sokol, a word that resonates with strength, unity, and pride. Originating in Yugoslavia, the Sokol movement spread its wings across Europe, leaving an indelible mark on Czech Republic's history. From the vibrant streets of Belgrade to the majestic city of Prague, Sokol rallies became a symbol of national identity. In 1938, Prague hosted the 10th All Sokol Rally, where thousands gathered to celebrate their shared values and athleticism. The echoes of this event reverberated through time as it showcased the unwavering spirit of the Czech people. But this was not an isolated occurrence; throughout the 1920s and beyond, Prague witnessed numerous Sokol rallies that brought together individuals from all walks of life. These gatherings served as a testament to their commitment towards physical fitness and cultural preservation. One such remarkable rally took place in 1929 when participants showcased their skills and camaraderie during the 6th All Sokol Rally in Prague. It was a spectacle filled with breathtaking displays of strength and agility that left spectators awestruck. The following years saw even grander events unfold within these historic walls. In 1932 alone, two unforgettable rallies were held - both showcasing unparalleled enthusiasm for sportsmanship and national pride. Beyond land-based celebrations lay another facet of Sokol's legacy – aviation. The Orlican L-40 Meta Sokol G-APUE soared through skies as a testament to human ingenuity while capturing hearts worldwide with its gracefulness. Meanwhile, at Masaryk Stadium in Prague's hallowed grounds during the iconic Sokol Festival, cheers erupted as athletes displayed their prowess amidst thunderous applause from adoring fans who had come far and wide to be part of this extraordinary experience. Even aircraft manufacturers paid homage to this revered name by christening one model after it: PZL-Swidnik W-3RL Sokol 0417 – a flying testament to the spirit of Sokol.