Object ID
Object Name
Date Created
1890 – 1920
Object Description
A postcard with a black-and-white photographic print. The picture shows and man in a military uniform. His jacket has several pockets and has three stripes on each sleeve. He is wearing a strap across each shoulder, but it is not clear what is hanging from the straps. He is also wearing a utility belt. His pants go to his knees and he is wearing puttees (leg wraps) or gaiters on his lower legs, over his boots. The man is wearing a military cap and has a full beard and mustache. He is leaning on a sheathed sword in his left hand, and also as a ring on the smallest finger of his left hand. Behind him is a tree, over which his coat is hanging, and behind that is a stone wall.
On the back of the card, the words "Post Card," "Correspondence," and "Address" are printed, and there is a square with the words "Place Stamp Here". Written in pen on the back is "John T. Agreostathes.
This picture was donated by Daisy Agres. The man in the picture is believe to be John Agreostathes. Agreostathes (or Agriostathis) was born in 1879 and apparently served as an officer in the Greek army before immigrating to the United States. In the lead-up to the Balkan Wars, he organized and trained young Greek men in Chicago. In 1912, it is recorded that they were preparing to travel to Greece to take part in the conflict. It is unclear whether this photograph was taken during Agreostathes's time as a Greek officer or whether it is from the Balkan campaign.
Internet searches show this John Agreostathes's middle initial to have been "A". It is unknown why this card shows his middle initial as "T", but they are believed to be the same person.
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Photograph, 1890 – 1920, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/4860. Accessed 04/16/24.