Tablo – What’s A Tablo?


May 9, 2017

Allan Stevo

A tablo is an elaborate class picture.  It is a tradition in Slovakia for such class pictures to be made by graduating gymnasium students and to be displayed in a shopkeeper’s window for all to see.  They are often entertaining.  The tradition of tablo is talked about more in the article – Graduation Parades.  Below is a tablo from 1956, as is noted in the tablo.  It was sent in by a reader of 52 Weeks in Slovakia.  The school is Dunajska, across from “Liga Passage.” A bust of the great educator Jan Amos Komensky (a.k.a. Comenius) is shown in the tablo.

Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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  • Melania Rakytiak

    May 28th, 2017

    That’s my tablo, I have such beautiful memories from those days. I’m one in second row, second one from the left.

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