(Dalmatian word for donkey) features the cover of the satirical newspaper of the same name published on December 15th, 1939.
This newspaper comes from a collection called “Carnival newspapers” which is a part of the periodicals collection within the local “Ragusina” collection in the Dubrovnik Research library.
The satirical newspapers started to appear in Dubrovnik at the beginning of the 20th century, usually around the time of St. Blaise feast (February 3rd) and carnival celebrations, although occasional issues were published in the summer months. The editors tried to come up with a new humorous and witty title every year. The information in the imprint as well as the articles themselves were written in a local Dubrovnik dialect and contained very specific local humour, with references to well-known people and events at the time. The publication was halted during World War I, but from 1919 to 1940 the tradition continued in even larger circulation numbers.
Due to the delicate nature of some articles, the newspapers were often censored, confiscated or banned by the government officials. (Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes later and subsequently Kingdom of Yugoslavia).
A total number of 102 satirical newspapers have been digitized in the Research library and can be viewed here