Cinematic Images of 30s Discovered from Greek National TV
The ERT Archive presents a unique cinematic document. Rare cinematic silent footage depicting aspects of social life during the interwar period. The Papafeio Orphanage in Thessaloniki, the school demonstrations at the Panathinaiko Stadium, diving in the “pool” of Koumoundourou Square, the summer swimming in the sea and the thermal baths of Ypati, give the atmosphere of social life during the summer months, in the middle of the decade. 1930, as recorded by the cinematic lens.
The first topic presents everyday life at the National Papafeio Orphanage “O Meliteus” in Thessaloniki. After washing the taps in the morning, the children attend a lesson in the classroom. Following are sports in the courtyard of the institution. Meal time in the large dining room after prayer and then the movie lens records the time of technical training: sewing, shoemaking, carpentry. The film closes with an event in the courtyard of the Orphanage, to the music of the Foundation’s band, in the presence of all the children and members of the Management.
The second topic presents the annual gymnastics demonstrations of schools the capital’s that take place at the Panathinaiko Stadium. In the crowded stadium, the students present gymnastic exercises, compete in speedways and relay races.
Following are shots in Koumoundourou Square. Young boys and girls look into the lens holding in their hands school signs. In front of them, boys dive into the small cistern of the square, enjoying the water in the improvised “pool”. Then, the lens records the sea baths of the Athenians on a beach in Attica, where bathers enjoy the sea and the sun.
Finally, in the valley of Sperchios, the bourgeois society of the interwar period enjoys the thermal baths in the area of Ypati. Panoramic shots of the bathrooms, the surrounding area, the garden. Guests take a walk, enjoying the comfort of the bath facilities.
Koumoundourou Square, 1930s. Young students look into the lens holding the school’s hands. Boys dive into the small cistern of the square, enjoying the improvised “pool”. Bathers enjoy the sea and the sun on a beach in Attica.
A film documentary that captures aspects of everyday life in Athens, during the interwar period. See the full tribute of the ERT Archive here: Cinematic images of the social life of the interwar period.