Object ID
2015.22.8
Object Name
Photograph
Date Created
1910 – 1913
Medium
Cardstock
Object Description
A black-and-white photographic print. The photograph depicts a large group of men in a grassy area, sitting or standing in front of a group of trees. The men are in three rows, with the first row sitting or lying on their sides, the second row kneeling behind them, and the third row standing behind the second row. All of them are wearing military uniforms and holding rifles, although the uniforms do not all look the same. Many of the men have mustaches. On of the men in the middle of the back row is holding a white flag bearing some kind of insignia. The photo is fairly blurry and low resolution. Underneath the picture is a caption in Greek that translates to "From the Repository of National Memories 1913-1914". The back of the card contains a name written in Greek, possible "Leonidas Zolos".
Origin
This picture was donated by Daisy Agres. It is likely that one of the men in this photograph is John Agreostathes, although the quality of the photograph makes it difficult to identify him. He may be the man to the right of the flag. 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 not clear when or where this picture was taken, but it may have been taken in Greece during the Balkan Wars. It is unknown who the name written on the back belongs to.
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Citation
Photograph, 1910 – 1913, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/4864. Accessed 12/05/20.