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  • Fedor, Helen
    Traders were a diverse group, identified by the local population according to either the locale, region, or country from which they came, and also often
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      Traders were a diverse group, identified by the local population according to either the locale, region, or country from which they came, and also often according to their first names. They were often in the limelight because of their looks, style of dress, and their way of dressing, along with their preferred methods of selling, offering, and carrying goods.

      Starting at the beginning of the 20th century, there was a whole range of traders in Bohemia who were natives, but Moravian Slovaks, Wallachians, Croatians, Slovenians, and Bosnians also went there in large numbers. In the 19th century, Bohemia was visited mostly by Tyrolians, then by Italians (with paintings and sculptures), less so Hungarians, and seldom Turks and Armenians, but more [more than what?] Romanians. "Former Hungarian"[?] Slovaks also worked there-as glaziers, tinkers, and linen weavers who made linen for mill bags that were used in mills.(5)

      In Moravia, a whole range of itinerant traders from Slovakia came to villages in the first half of the 20th century, as late as the 1960s. In addition to Moravian traders, visits were made by tinkers, glaziers, flour makers from Myjava, lime-burners from Senica, makers of mill bags, and sellers of wooden dishes(6). The routes of many groups of native and foreign small traders also crossed into Poland. Among the foreigners, which included Bosnians and oil makers from Slovakia, were even larger numbers of traders in fancy goods from the Balkans.(7) Itinerant Slovak traders also left their mark in Hungary and countries east of Slovakia.


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