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submitted by Sofia Katsouli on 26.01.2004

Samios Family wedding

Grigoria Magoula on her wedding day with the Samios family. Not all of the names of the guests are known, those that are are as follows: The girl in red on the left is Eyklia, the girl on the right Eleni, sister of the groom. The man on the far left is Theodore Magoulas, Eyklia is flanked by Gianni and Grigoria. The woman in purple is Aggeliki,and the couple on the far left are Theodore and Koula. The family nick name was and is Perlegos, and all those in the photograph later moved to Australia.

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submitted by Sofia Katsouli on 26.01.2004

Family wedding

Grigoria Samios on her wedding day, flanked by her mother Gianoula, her father Theodore and little brides maid Efklia. The whole family later moved with the bride and groom to Australia.

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submitted by Alexandra Ermolaeff on 11.01.2004

The procession of the icon of Panayia Myrtidiotissa on 15th August 1966.

The procession of the icon of Panayia Myrtidiotissa on 15th August 1966.

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submitted by Alexandra Ermolaeff on 02.12.2003

Ferrying people to the ship, Agia Pelagia in 1932

Before the port was built on Kythera people departing the island were ferried by rowboat to a ship anchored futher offshore.

Photographs taken: 1932
Village: Agia Pelagia

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submitted by John Stathatos on 01.12.2003

Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003

John Stathatos: Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003. Digital photograph.
Carnival parades are an old tradition on the island, though the venues fluctuate. In 2003, there were separate parades, in Potamos and in Livathi. The result of considerable hard work by volunteers, the parades consist of home-made floats and marching groups in often elaborately themed costumes, and are attended by what seems like the entire population of the island. In many cases there is a strong satirical flavour; on this occasion, one of the floats represented a local government meeting, complete with mock speeches parodying the style and concerns of the original councillors. Rhymed poems satirising local worthies and issues are also declaimed. The parades are examples of a social custom which has retained its vitality into the 21st century; spontaneous products of local demand, they owe nothing to antiquarianism or the tourism industry

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submitted by John Stathatos on 01.12.2003

Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003

John Stathatos: Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003. Digital photograph.
Carnival parades are an old tradition on the island, though the venues fluctuate. In 2003, there were separate parades, in Potamos and in Livathi. The result of considerable hard work by volunteers, the parades consist of home-made floats and marching groups in often elaborately themed costumes, and are attended by what seems like the entire population of the island. In many cases there is a strong satirical flavour; on this occasion, one of the floats represented a local government meeting, complete with mock speeches parodying the style and concerns of the original councillors. Rhymed poems satirising local worthies and issues are also declaimed. The parades are examples of a social custom which has retained its vitality into the 21st century; spontaneous products of local demand, they owe nothing to antiquarianism or the tourism industry

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submitted by John Stathatos on 01.12.2003

Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003

John Stathatos: Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003. Digital photograph.
Carnival parades are an old tradition on the island, though the venues fluctuate. In 2003, there were separate parades, in Potamos and in Livathi. The result of considerable hard work by volunteers, the parades consist of home-made floats and marching groups in often elaborately themed costumes, and are attended by what seems like the entire population of the island. In many cases there is a strong satirical flavour; on this occasion, one of the floats represented a local government meeting, complete with mock speeches parodying the style and concerns of the original councillors. Rhymed poems satirising local worthies and issues are also declaimed. The parades are examples of a social custom which has retained its vitality into the 21st century; spontaneous products of local demand, they owe nothing to antiquarianism or the tourism industry.

National and international events are given a strictly local slant. In this case, the float, which features a bee-keeper wielding smoke bellows and a sign reading “Koufodinas is here” refers to the fact that a protagonist of the November 17th terrorist organisation, who had been the subject of a massive manhunt during the preceding months, had at one time kept bees – as do many Kytherians today

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submitted by John Stathatos on 01.12.2003

Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003

John Stathatos: Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003. Digital photograph.
Carnival parades are an old tradition on the island, though the venues fluctuate. In 2003, there were separate parades, in Potamos and in Livathi. The result of considerable hard work by volunteers, the parades consist of home-made floats and marching groups in often elaborately themed costumes, and are attended by what seems like the entire population of the island. In many cases there is a strong satirical flavour; on this occasion, one of the floats represented a local government meeting, complete with mock speeches parodying the style and concerns of the original councillors. Rhymed poems satirising local worthies and issues are also declaimed. The parades are examples of a social custom which has retained its vitality into the 21st century; spontaneous products of local demand, they owe nothing to antiquarianism or the tourism industry.
One of the floats included a transvestite “beauty contest”. Interestingly, cross-dressing and a deliberate confusion of social identities have been a crucial and popular element of such popular festivities from earliest antiquity.

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submitted by John Stathatos on 01.12.2003

Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003

John Stathatos: Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003. Digital photograph.
Carnival parades are an old tradition on the island, though the venues fluctuate. In 2003, there were separate parades, in Potamos and in Livathi. The result of considerable hard work by volunteers, the parades consist of home-made floats and marching groups in often elaborately themed costumes, and are attended by what seems like the entire population of the island. In many cases there is a strong satirical flavour; on this occasion, one of the floats represented a local government meeting, complete with mock speeches parodying the style and concerns of the original councillors. Rhymed poems satirising local worthies and issues are also declaimed. The parades are examples of a social custom which has retained its vitality into the 21st century; spontaneous products of local demand, they owe nothing to antiquarianism or the tourism industry

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submitted by John Stathatos on 01.12.2003

Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003

John Stathatos: Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003. Digital photograph.
Carnival parades are an old tradition on the island, though the venues fluctuate. In 2003, there were separate parades, in Potamos and in Livathi. The result of considerable hard work by volunteers, the parades consist of home-made floats and marching groups in often elaborately themed costumes, and are attended by what seems like the entire population of the island. In many cases there is a strong satirical flavour; on this occasion, one of the floats represented a local government meeting, complete with mock speeches parodying the style and concerns of the original councillors. Rhymed poems satirising local worthies and issues are also declaimed. The parades are examples of a social custom which has retained its vitality into the 21st century; spontaneous products of local demand, they owe nothing to antiquarianism or the tourism industry

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submitted by John Stathatos on 01.12.2003

Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003

Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003
John Stathatos: Carnival parade, Livathi, March 2003. Digital photograph.
Carnival parades are an old tradition on the island, though the venues fluctuate. In 2003, there were separate parades, in Potamos and in Livathi. The result of considerable hard work by volunteers, the parades consist of home-made floats and marching groups in often elaborately themed costumes, and are attended by what seems like the entire population of the island. In many cases there is a strong satirical flavour; on this occasion, one of the floats represented a local government meeting, complete with mock speeches parodying the style and concerns of the original councillors. Rhymed poems satirising local worthies and issues are also declaimed. The parades are examples of a social custom which has retained its vitality into the 21st century; spontaneous products of local demand, they owe nothing to antiquarianism or the tourism industry

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submitted by Alexandra Ermolaeff on 26.10.2003

Taverna in Diakofti 1967

This photo was taken by Maria Pentes on her first trip to Kythera in 1967.

Pictured second from right is her yiayia Stella Aroney (nee Nikolasou, born in Aronyiadika). They are hanging out with family and friends at the taverna in Diakofti.

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submitted by Alexandra Ermolaeff on 23.10.2003

Tavli players

This photo was taken by Maria Pentes on her first trip to Kythera in 1967.

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submitted by James Gavriles on 22.10.2003

Logothetianica Cafenion

A group photo of what must be the daily customers at a cafenion in Logothetianica 1954

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submitted by James Gavriles on 22.10.2003

Strong man holding steel in mouth while bending with hands

A final shot of this strong man holding the steel bar in his teeth with bending the steel with his hands. Potamos 1954

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submitted by James Gavriles on 22.10.2003

strong man bending steel

Another shot of this strong man bending the steel bar with his bare hands. Potamos

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submitted by James Gavriles on 22.10.2003

Strong man with Uncle Ted Gavrilys

Interesting set of 3 pictures. I believe taken in Potamos of a "strong man." Not sure who it is or what the occasion, but my Uncle Ted Gavrilys is on the right and is helping hold a piece of steel this man had bent with his bare hands.
Potamos 1954

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submitted by Anitsa Protospaltis on 21.10.2003

Picnic around 1930

man on right: Minas Protopsaltis (Sagerominas)
woman with fork: Eleni Bouyouris (born Protopsaltis-Sagerominas)
Man with child: Kosta Bouyouris
Child: Olga Bouyouris
others unknown
Taken about 1930

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submitted by Alexandra Ermolaeff on 13.10.2007

Karavas Picnic (circa 1932)

This photograph was taken during a picnic excursion on Kythera around 1932. Pictured here are a number of Australian Kytherians; (front left) Peter Crithary originally from Karavas, (boy with hat front right) Menelaos Tzortzopoulos who was born in Crookwell, NSW, Australia in 1927 and (standing directly behind him) his mother Eirine Tzortzopoulos (nee Marsellos of Fratsia). The Tzortzopoulos family were originally from Karavas, but migrated to Australia, and then returned to the island between 1930-1938.

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submitted by James Prineas on 23.06.2003

Panayotis & Pitsikas in Hora

Pitsikas, his lovely wife Rena (both from Avlemonas) and Panayiotis Katsoulis from Logothetianika were playing at a wedding in Hora one windy September day in about 1998.