Slovak Catholic Sokol

This postcard commemorates the XXIII Slet of the Slovak Catholic Sokol that was held at Morton West High School Stadium in Berwyn, Illinois on July 23, 1967. A sokol is a Slavic gymnastic society aiming to promote a communal spirit and physical fitness, and a slet is a mass gymnastic festival.

The Sokol movement originated in Prague in 1862 to promote physical fitness. It spread to other regions populated by Slavic cultures, and early Czech immigrants brought the Sokol movement to the United States.

The early Sokol movement was nonsectarian. In the early twentieth century, Catholic Slovak immigrants formed a Sokol group for Catholics. The Slovak Catholic Sokol is an Athletic Fraternal Benefits Society. It offers insurance protection and promotes physical fitness among its members through various programs and activities.

The following text is from the back of the postcard:


The Slovak Catholic Sokol affords its members, juniors and seniors, the opportunity to participate in gymnastics, track and field events, and other body-building sports.  —  Join our Organization today and enjoy these benefits at no extra cost.



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7 Responses to Slovak Catholic Sokol

  1. Without the printed date I would not have guessed 1967. Instead the women look maybe 1940s or 50s. Though unintentional, the school’s emblem seems more appropriate for a political or military symbol.


  2. smkelly8 says:

    Absolutely fascinating!


  3. tony zimnoch says:

    Yea the art work & concept does seem to be from an earlier era. Sad that such community & cooperative groups nolonger seemas common.


  4. kristin says:

    I agree, doesn’t look like 1967, but a good idea and program sounds like a good one.


  5. Barb Rogers says:

    How interesting! Thanks for sharing. Posters and art on programs were done by commercial artists, and thus they kept making things look like what they’d been doing for years, even into the 60s…but soon the 60s would change things, including commercial art (well, with the exception of very conservative artists and their patrons!)


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