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Greek Industrial Painters of North America

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GREEK INDUSTRIAL PAINTERS OF NORTH AMERICA
by Steve Frangos
published in The National Herald May 23, 2020
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CHICAGO- Generations of Greeks have painted bridges, towers, other metal industrial structures all across North America and Canada. While the Greek-American press has never ignored this coterie of daredevil painters Greek-American Studies, such as it exists, speaks little of them. Fortunately, the American news services have always been intrigued with these men and so recent news reports, with accompanying video footage, has once again vividly brought this industrial craft to the public's notice. 
The difference this time – besides detailed interviews with individual career painters – is the film footage. 
Not all industrial painters work outdoors. But those that do work in teams frequently at dizzying heights, to which the…

Greek Immigrant Cafe Owners Left Their Mark in Australia

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GREEK IMMIGRANT CAFE OWNERS LEFT THEIR MARK IN AUSTRALIA
by TNH Staff
published in The National Herald April 25, 2020
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QUEENSLAND, Australia – The Greek immigrant experience is especially associated with restaurants and cafes around the world. Wherever Greeks went, their traditional values of philoxenia and philotimo went with them. This was also true for the Lathouras brothers who immigrated to Australia from Alatsata in Asia Minor in 1906, the State Library of Queensland noted on its website. 
By 1923 Jannos (Jack) Lathouras and his brothers, Michael and Mark, had opened two cafes in the main street of Bundaberg, Bourbong Street. Bundaberg was a thriving provincial Queensland town during the 1920s. 
Jack Lathouras worked in several locations, including Melbourne, Brisbane and Ingham before joining his cousins, John and Steve Girdi…

The Athens Hotel of Old New York

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THE ATHENS HOTEL OF OLD NEW YORK
by Steve Frangos
published in The National Herald April 4, 2020
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In Old New York, everyone who was anyone simply said they were going to 'The Greek'. Various reasons prompted visiting The Greek: an elegant leisurely breakfast, lunch, or dinner; just to meet some friends in the lounge over cigars and brandy; a safe clean place to stay while visiting New York City. In the evening it might be some elaborate social event. The sign out front, on 30 East Forty-second street, said 'Hotel Athens'. The hotel also had frontages on 42nd and 41st streets, 123 feet east of Madison Avenue (New York Tribune March 21, 1909). To be more exact “the hotel is T shaped, fronting 31.6 feet on Forty-second street and extends 200 feet through the block to Forty-second street. It fronts 23.9 feet on Madison…