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  • Collection: Greek Documentation Project

On the site of the old Sponge Exchange, a complex of boutique shops in a faux Cyclades Island architectural style opened on March 16, 1983. Several klouves on the north side of the Sponge Exchange were retained, originally intended for use by sponge…

During his later years, Steve Stavrakis (1928-2012) made model sponge boats that he gifted to family members. Stavrakis’ father came from Halki around 1918. He moved first to Tampa, and then to Tarpon Springs where he owned a ship’s chandlery for…

A man hauls large sponges from a loaded lateen sail sponge boat on the Anclote River in 1921. The name on the boat is barely legible, but it is probably Taxiarchis Mihail, or St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of Symi. The boat in the…

Mass tourism bloomed after World War I as the middle class expanded. As a result, tourism based on the sponge industry and Greek culture developed early in Tarpon Springs. This image shows a store selling sponges at 629 Dodecanese Boulevard in 1921.

In this view looking north from the Sponge Exchange to the boats lining the Sponge Docks, men examine enormous piles of strung sponges harvested on recent trips. When the photograph was taken in 1921, the old wooden buildings had been replaced with…

In 1921, dozens of Greek boats in the sponge fleet line the wooden docks where men work and an anchor lies. Along with the lone horse-drawn buggy are the Sponge Exchange jitney and cars that are probably owned by the more affluent sponge merchants.

This panoramic view of the convention of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association) includes both members as well as local residents in front of the Tarpon Springs City Hall in 1928. Many AHEPA members wear a fez with AHEPA and…

Residents and visitors at Spring Bayou wait for the annual cross dive during the Epiphany celebration of 1937. Before 1956, the Archbishop, priests, and choir would board a barge that would take them to the center of Spring Bayou. The Archbishop…
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