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Tomas Bata (1876, Zlín – 1932, Otrokovice) ranks among distinguished personalities of the 20th century both in his home country and abroad. The scope of his activities was amazing, and his ideas, acts and initiatives appeal to us even today.
Baťa Service Centre, Prague, 1930

Baťa Service Centre, Prague, 1930

The world's first Elevator-Office at Bata's 1939 headquarters in Zlin (Czech Republic)

Truly One of a Kind: Bata’s Elevator-office

Residential districts on the eastern edge of Zlín, 1938

Aerial view: workers' colonies of Bata factory in the district Díly, Zlín, start of construction © Kgvuz, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlin

Chemist in a research institute, Otrokovice, 1938

Chemist in a research institute, Otrokovice, 1938

Work Square, 1937-38

Opposite the large factory, the Práce (Labour) square (designed by architect F. Gahura) was built, a modern shopping and social centre comprising two department stores, a twelve-floor hotel and the spacious Grand Cinema (with a seating capacity of 2

Baťa pavilion at the World Exhibition, Paris, 1937

Baťa pavilion at the World Exhibition, Paris, 1937

Production in a shoemaker's shop, 1939

Production in a shoemaker's shop, 1939

Production in a shoemaker's shop, 1939

Production in a shoemaker's shop, 1939

Mayor of Zlín T. Baťa welcoming President Masaryk, 24 June 1928

Mayor of Zlín T. Baťa welcoming President Masaryk, 24 June 1928

Baťa ship Morava, purchased in 1932, anchored in Algiers

Baťa ship Morava, purchased in anchored in Algiers

View of one of the streets with semi-detached houses in the Díly district, 1940

1912 T. Bata expressed his intention to build colonies of flats for his blue-collar and white-collar workers;

View across the factory towards the Letná district, 1936

1932 By the last year of Bata's life, 1 564 houses had been built for his staff in Zlín (the total number amounted to 27 210 in

French industrialist visiting Zlín, 1929

French industrialist visiting Zlín, 1929

Baťa factory, Ottmuth, Germany, 1932

Baťa factory, Ottmuth, Germany, 1932

Baťa shop, Rotterdam, 1926

Baťa shop, Rotterdam, 1926

Sports day held at a new stadium of the Baťa sports club, 1934

Sports day held at a new stadium of the Baťa sports club, 1934