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Greek Cafes and Milk Bars of Australia


Nostalgic trip to the days when the Greek Café was the gathering place for every town and suburb. Effy Alexakiss evocative photos are paired with marvellous images from family albums. The cafes and the people behind them, showing décor, milkshakes, sundaes and innovative sweets were combined in a unique and special Australian experience. The authors have travelled Australia, Greece, Egypt and the USA, tracking down cafes, milk bars and their forerunners overseas. They follow the worldwide milk bar phenomenon that began in Depression Sydney. They look deeply at the Greek way of promising Hollywood glamour in the 30s and 50s with modern exotic American treats and styles. In their own words dozens of Australias Greek cafe families tell stories of migration, ingenuity, hard work and hardships that gave Australia its most popular catering outlets in the good old days.

In an Australia we still remember, in each suburb and every country town, was the Greek café or milk bar - open all hours, 7 days a week.

Remember The Niagara, The Parthenon, The California, The Astoria and Paragon?

As the good old days faded away, Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski took their camera, tape recorder and pen into this vanishing world. They captured the faces and stories, the style and the ethos that gave our popular culture one of its most memorable expressions.

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