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Photographer's Note

There are two interesting things about this photo, which was taken in Dobroselica (Zlatibor): the frame and the building itself.

The frame was made and painted by hand in the 1970s by a friend of my grandparents, and its original purpose was to hold my uncle's school photo. At this time, Yugoslavia still existed, Tito was still alive, and communism hadn't yet left everyone jaded. Thus the frame has a red star carved on the top, and inside the star a hammer and sickle (too small to see in this size of the photo)--a little unexpected, given the otherwise folksy look!

The building is called a "mlekar" (literally "milk building"). It is used traditionally for storing milk, and making and storing dairy products such as cheese and kajmak. Because each family milks its own (few) cows in the morning and evening, the milk doesn't last long enough to spoil. A mlekar also doesn't have any windows and is made of wood--keeping the temperature inside cooler than outside.

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