47 Amazing Photos That Show Everyday Life in Greece During the 1950s

Greece is a country located in Southeast Europe. Its population is approximately 10.7 million as of 2018; Athens is its largest and capital city, followed by Thessaloniki. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length, featuring many islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres (9,573 ft). The country consists of nine traditional geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, the Aegean Islands (including the Dodecanese and Cyclades), Thrace, Crete, and the Ionian Islands.

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, theatre and the Olympic Games. From the eighth century BC, the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis (singular polis), which spanned the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Philip II of Macedon united most of present-day Greece in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great rapidly conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. The subsequent Hellenistic period saw the height of Greek culture and influence in antiquity. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century BC, becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its continuation, the Byzantine Empire, which was culturally and linguistically predominantly Greek. The Greek Orthodox Church, which emerged in the first century AD, helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox world. After falling under Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, Greece emerged as a modern nation state in 1830 following a war of independence. The country’s rich historical legacy is reflected in part by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Greece is a unitary parliamentary republic, and a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy, and a high quality of life, ranking simultaneously very high in the Human Development Index. Its economy is the largest in the Balkans, where it is an important regional investor. A founding member of the United Nations, Greece was the tenth member to join the European Communities (precursor to the European Union) and has been part of the Eurozone since 2001. It is also a member of numerous other international institutions, including the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Greece’s unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power.(Wikipedia)

Beer planner in Greece, 1950
Aluminum rice-making plant, Serres, September 1950
Boys reading a book, 1950
Boys reading a comic book, 1950
Children swing, 1950
Fishermen at port, Thassos, August 1950
Floods on the Nestos River, Macedonia – Thrace border, September 1950
Hellenic Red Cross, Voula, Attica, 1950
Hellenic Red Cross, Voula, Attica, 1950
Kalymnos, 1950
Kavala Prefecture, September 1950
Limenas Thassos, August 1950
Limenas Thassos, August 1950
Limenas Thassos, August 1950
Pre-election picture in the early 1950s
Thessaloniki Railway Station, September 1950
Athenians vote in the municipal elections, 1951
Dafni, Attica, 1952
Athens Electric Railway, 1953
Drama, August 1953
Smoke drying, Macedonia, August 1953
Tobacco harvest, Macedonia, August 1953
Athens College, 1954
Nestos River, Macedonian-Thracian border, July 1954
Smoke drying, Drama, July 1954
Boy drawing, 1955
Boy with kite, Athens, 1955
Kastoria, May 1955
Kastoria, May 1955
Kastoria, May 1955
Mykonos, 1955
Potato harvest in Thebes, 1955
School hall, circa 1950-55
Boys playing, Epirus, 1957
Children’s playground ‘Kali Panagia’, Veria, 1957
During slavery at the glassworks of the Chemical Products and Fertilizers Company, Drapetsona, 1957
Girl in Bizani, Epirus, 1957
Girls at a school in Thessaly, 1957
Thessaloniki Railway Station, July 1957
Wheat harvesting, Western Macedonia, June 1957
Wheat harvesting, Western Macedonia, June 1957
Wider region of Ptolemaida, Prefecture of Kozani, June 1957
Wider region of Ptolemaida, Prefecture of Kozani, June 1957
Kastoria, November 1958
Kastoria, November 1958
Kastoria, November 1958
Family on a street in Athens

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