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men waiting for sponge auction

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Title

men waiting for sponge auction

Subject

Tarpon Springs, Greek community, sponge industry, Sponge Exchange

Description

Men view sponges to be auctioned in the Sponge Exchange on July 24, 1937. By 1940, there were over 1,000 men actively engaged in the sponge industry. These men and their families constituted roughly 2,500 Greeks in a town of 3,402. With the onset of World War II and closure of the European market, the supply of sponges decreased while the demand increased dramatically and Tarpon Springs was the world's leading sponge producing center.

Source

Burgert Brothers

Publisher

Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System

Date

July 24, 1937

Format

jpeg

Language

English

Type

photo

Files

1546122[1].jpg

Citation

“men waiting for sponge auction,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed May 22, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/2972.