PARTHENON GIRL: GREEK GIRL IN TRADITIONAL COSTUME AT A WELL

greek girlThis cabinet card features a girl in traditional Greek clothing posing by a well. She is holding a water jug up behind her left shoulder. The jug is either empty or she is quite strong. The reverse of the photograph has an inscription of a name which likely belongs to the subject. The back of the cabinet card also has a printed drawing of the Parthenon. The Parthenon is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens viewed as their patron. The name of the subject and the photographer, as well as the location of the photographic studio are undecipherable to this writer. In other words, “Its all Greek to me”. Hopefully, a visitor to the Cabinet Card Gallery will be able to identify the photographer and the studio’s location.

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  1. The location is Athens, the photographer looks like Padenos.

  2. While I don’t know modern Greek–only a bit of Biblical Greek–I believe the word on the left actually looks like it says “Parthenon.” I’m sure of all but the fourth letter, which might be a script version of the theta. That would explain the use of the printed drawing of the Parthenon on the reverse of the photo.

  3. I would say the location is Athenai (Athens) and Patrai (Patras).

  4. Obviously ‘Parthenon’ had two studios located in Athens and Patras. The backround has nothing to do with greece. Probably it was bought from England.

  5. Could we possibly get a glance at the back of the photo? Παρθενών means Parthenon as said above and yes there where two locations.


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