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  • Collection: Greek Documentation Project

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Tarpon Springs’ Epiphany celebration is the largest and most widely known in the U.S. Epiphany commemorates Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, when the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. This 1914 image is one of the earliest of an…

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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…

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This 1947 aerial view shows the Anclote River winding to the Gulf, with Anclote Key in the background. It also reveals more limited activity on the Sponge Docks—with fewer boats and cars. In the lower left on Athens Street you can see the…

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Agora Market, Athens Street

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Agora Market interior Athens Street

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Born in Turkey, Ali Ozunboylu worked many years in Kalymnos before settling in Tarpon Springs. A consummate professional, he is currently the longest working active diver.

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The Allisandratos family gathers together outside their home in 1920: adults Demosthenes, Asimoulas’ mother Athena Kamvisis, Asimoula, and children Tako, baby Katherine, Andrew, and Alexander. The Allisandratos family has remained in the same house…

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Altar boys at St. Nicholas take time out from their duties to pose with Father Constantinos Raptis, Bishop Germanos, and Nikitas Manias on April 21, 1966. They are, front row Jim Krouskos, Skevos Koulias, Costa Tsalickis, Nikitas Lulias, Bill…

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The Angel (originally Angeliniadis) family often had holiday picnics on the beach—and they remember them today with great fondness. This one took place on July 7, 1929—the date carved in the watermelon. Left to right, they are George Angel,…

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Anna Smolios Kouskoutis Ioanidis (right) worked in Sylvia Billiris’ (left) gift shop during the 1950s. With the decline of the sponge business in the late 1940s and early 1950s, tourism based on Greek culture and the sponge industry became Tarpon…

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Uncle and godfather Theophilos Samarkos hands young Anna Tsoukalas Billiris to Father Constantinos Raptis for her immersion into the baptismal font at St. Nicholas in 1956. Baptism marks the entry of the child into the church, and usually occurs a…

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Anthony “Curly” Spanolios is seen here trimming sponges near the Sponge Docks. When he was young, Spanolios’ family owned a wood yard on Athens Street, where he helped his father make charcoal for the sponge boats and private residences. He…

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On Epiphany, January 6, 1938, Father Karaphillis, Reverend Lacy, and Bishop Callistos stand while cross retriever Anthony Houllis kneels. The dive is the highlight of Epiphany. Since 1920, young men have braved the chilly January waters in hopes of…

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With the spongers came many other Greeks working in related maritime businesses: ship chandlers, machine shops, boat builders, a sail loft, and sponge packing houses. Antonios Avgerinos (1860-1930) was a successful diving helmet maker from Symi who…

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This image shows Antonios Lerios and Nicholas Toth in 1986 alongside a diving helmet in the shop Lerios built in the early 20th century. Growing up in Tarpon Springs, Nicholas Toth visited his grandfather’s machine shop and gradually absorbed his…
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