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Collection of Lantern Slides of Macedonia, Greece


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Consists of a collection of (189) lantern slides (82 x 82 mm) of several places in Macedonia, Greece including Thessalonikē, Kilkis, and Lake Doiran, as well as scenes of every-day life of the inhabitants by Newton & Co. The majority of the slides are numbered and captioned and bear the publisher's name, the Newton Lantern Company, which was active from 1852 to 1913 in London.

Gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund. (AM 2023-083)

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This collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in February 2023. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in February 2023.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2023 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

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Kalliopi Balatsouka
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Collection Inventory

Thessalonikē, Kilkis, Doiran. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Consists of two boxes containing (99) black-and-white lantern slides. Box 1 comprises (59) slides of various places in Thessalonikē, including the Via Egnatia; interior and exterior views of the churches of Saint Sophia, Saint George, Saint Demetrius (after the fire in 1917), and of Saint Apostles; Greek professions; military police in the city in 1917; an old Turkish prison; part of the walls of the city; the 80 General Hospital at Hortiach; scenes of every day life; and family portraits. There are also slides of Kilkis (Kukus) in Central Macedonia, Greece depicting a neighborhood, a church and houses, and an Ottoman bath house (hamam). From Kilkis to Doiran with views of the Lake, the Belasica Mountain (northeast of the Lake Doiran), and a military cemetery. All slides are numbered (1-59), captioned and bear the publisher's name on labels affixed to the glass.

Box 2 comprises contains (40) lantern slides depicting mainly traditional professions and scenes of every day life, such as Macedonian farmer workers, women spinning cotton, an oven, a Macedonian dance, Easter Monday in 1918, Macedonian transport, a road via Bralo, old Roman baths at Appollonia, a soldier's funeral, funeral in Kilkis (Kukus), the Serbian Royal Orchestra, sheep folds, the Arch of Galerius in Thessalonikē. All slides are numbered (60-96) and (95-97), captioned and bear the publisher's name "Newton & Co. 37 King Street, Covent Garden, London" on labels affixed to the glass.

Physical Description

1 box

Thessalonikē Everyday Life.
Scope and Contents

Consists of (90) black-and white lantern slides showing views of the city of Thessalonikē, a sea shore, the White Tower, panoramic views of the city after the fire, and Saint Sophia church. Included also are slides depicting scenes of daily life, such as rural people in front of a fountain, a Greek farm, woman at the loom, local women spinning cotton, peasants in the fileds, a priest standing in front of an altar, people going to a wedding, grinding wheat in a manual millstone, agricultural workers, livestock workers, group of Greek kids outside of their houses or in the fields, family portraits, man in Greek ethnic costume (foustanella), a Greek funeral; interiors of churches; a Turkish family; a Rumanian person on a horse; and stork nests on houses and trees. The majority of the lantern slides bear handwritten numbers: 1-21, 23-28, 30, 34-36, 38-39, 44-45, 47-57, 59-63, 65-83, 85-87, 89-91; the rest are unnumbered. Some of them bear handwritten titles in pen on top of the image.

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