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    Originally 'Baťovany' when it was created in the 1930's, this town (now in modern-day Slovakia) is currently known as Partizánske. I took this shot to show that the current coat of arms for the town reflects it's history;

    Jan Antonín Baťa originally set up a shoe factory here and created what is now the main town after his brother Tomáš Baťa's death. The Baťa mission statement was to provide welfare and fair working conditions for it's workforce - something companies these days could learn a great deal from, as Baťa factories were always a success. Families were provided with accommodation and babies who were born during employment were given bank accounts and deposits by the Baťa corporation. I imagine if they made a film about the Baťa family, it would probably be in the style of Schindler's List.

    1. sludgegulper 93 months ago | reply

      I wish I had visited here - I just recall seeing some blue neon against the black night background from the train, well before I ever read that it was a Bata town, though a very late one. There is a modernist church here along with the familiar sugar cube and other Bata style housing. I think it was also known as Simonovany.

    2. fugue:state 92 months ago | reply

      We passed through on the way to Bojnice. I'm going to go back properly to have a look around in September.

    3. sludgegulper 92 months ago | reply

      That was Jan Bata's castle during the war - was there any documentation in the castle relating to Bata?

    4. fugue:state 92 months ago | reply

      I didn't know that. We were on a strict, guided tour of Bojnice in the Slovak language. My wife translated for me and there was no mention of Bata. She would have mentioned it I think - she knows about my interest in Bata.

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