Weather
Search
Upcoming Events
MENU
Movies
Singles
Name Day

Celebrating 101 Years of the Periptero

This year marks the 101st anniversary of the establishment of one of most popular institutions in Athens – the ubiquitous kiosk (periptero in Greek) – and its centenary is being celebrated with a series of events, organized by the Association of Kiosk Owners, the City of Athens and the Kiosky's Network of Kiosks. The events kicked off last Saturday, with a 50s party on Syntagma Square, and continue with events around the greater Athens area on July 14, 21 and 28.


A commemorative book marking the centenary, titled A Century and a Year of the Kiosk, 1911-2012, will also be made available, containing rare historical and contemporary photographic material.

The city's first kiosk opened on Panepistimiou St. in 1911. Since then, kiosks have become a lasting feature of the Greek urban landscape and have played a major role in the everyday life of city dwellers, shaping urban social history in the last century.

The first kiosks appeared in Athens as a way to secure employment for war veterans - mostly wounded - through the sale of tobacco products and newspapers.The 50s witnessed an expansion of the kiosks which started to sell soft drinks, snacks and chewing gum, a novelty at the time.

They also provided telephone services to city residents lacking separate connections at home - a familiar image in many Greek movies.In later decades, the kiosk increased in size from its original 1 m² cubicle to almost a small shop, where one may come across the most improbable items.

Source: Greek News Agenda
Wednesday, July 11, 2012