101 years of the Greek periptero/kiosk

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Do you remember my post about the little old man who played his clarinet in his periptero in my neighbourhood?  Have a read of it, it’s a lovely story.

Well, apparently this year marks the 101th anniversary of peripteros, the first one was set up in Panepistimiou Street in 1911.  They were integral in every day social life, selling newspapers, magazines and sweets.

To commemorate this, the City of Athens and the Union of Kiosk Owners (yes, I didn’t realise even THEY had a Union!) organised a 1950’s retro style kiosk to be shown in Syntagma Square on Thursday 5th July.  I braved the heat at 2pm and briefly popped along.  Here, in pictures, is what I found:

1950s Greek kiosk
1950s Greek kiosk
Modern day periptero
Modern day periptero

The 1950’s retro kiosk will tour Athens for the month of July in the following areas:

July 7th 2012 Espiridon Sq, Glyfada, 10am-8pm

July 14th 2012 Fleming Sq, Ilioupoli, 10am-8pm

July 21st   2012 Varnali Sq, Argyroupoli, 10am-8pm

July 28th 2012 Central sq, Kifisia, 10am-8pm

(Source: Athens News).

Long live this Athens institution!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hello!

    But isn’t it just a brilliant idea??? Our “periptero” that is!! 😛 I remember the first thing that struck me the very first time I travelled abroad was the absence of such..mmm..concepts, I should say, around every corner![and I also remember I was panicking about it as well.. “where will we buy water?” “where will we find something to eat?” “where will we buy some aspirine????” (yeap, this trip was THAT long ago…!)]. Didn’t know about the anniversary though! Thanks, Bex, for pointing it out! 🙂

    Oh, and if you’d like to see some more 50s kiosks you can always visit the amazing island of Lesvos! They still got them going over there!! (one of the many treats of the lovely, lovely Lesvos..!) 😉

    Nancy

  2. Glad you liked the post Nancy, thanks. I went to Lesvos a long time ago. Whenever I next go, I shall certainly keep an eye out for them!

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