Publisher’s note: two other selections of historical Riga maps, some of those with Russian texts as well: http://riga.zurbu.net/maps & https://hutun.livejournal.com/18563.html One Riga map in Russian in high resolution, from circa 1880 https://www.russkije.lv/media/original/r/Riga—karta.jpg
Publisher’s note: “The names of the streets were therefore inscribed in all three languages, but now they are only written in Lettish or Estonian, as if none but Letts or Ests were living in the country!” Heyking, Alfons. The main issues confronting the minorities of Latvia and Eesti. London: P. S. King , 1922, page … Continue reading "Multilingual signage in the territory of modern Latvia, pre-independence"
Images (except the first five documents) courtesy of Victor Gushchin, PhD. An example of another relevant document: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVIo14Ogfi3/ For an example of a trilingual official gazzette of the Riga city from 1902, see http://periodika.lv/#periodical;id=3943548494932466414337361142002956794
A collection of photos from pre-independence Walk/Valka town https://humus.livejournal.com/5815814.html
Document data: Link to the full atlas: https://www.csb.gov.lv/lv/statistika/statistikas-temas/iedzivotaji/iedzivotaju-skaits/meklet-tema/258-latvijas-statistikas-atlass-xx Publisher’s note: the 1935 census was conducted under an ethno-nationalist dictatorship, so the shares of ethnic Latvians might be inflated.