This is a wonderful group photograph created in Chios. Sadly the only individual I can identify is my father "George" appearing in the foreground with a round Navy cap. I know he served in some capacity in the Greek navy for at least a few years during his early adulthood. He loved music and enjoyed singing at times. Behind him is a guitar player and a woman playing a mandolin.
Group photos are especially inspiring for me. So many individuals appearing for a moment of time, frozen almost forever. Unfortunately many of the original printed photographs once a part of our family archive have disappeared. I am fortunate to have and be able to share what will be posted here.
Chios is said to be the birthplace of the famous poet Homer. Chios inhabitants excelled in the arts including some of the best Greek sculptors. In the early 1800's there were several foreign invasions, killing thousands and forcing thousands more into slavery. https://www.greeka.com/eastern-aegean/chios/history/
Fortunately my parents and grandparents were not subjected to this. Eventually my father Yorgos (George) and his wife Paulette continued to reside in Chios for part of each year. They would travel back and forth between the U.S. and Greece often stopping over in France where my stepmother was born.
My first cameras were an 8mm Keystone and a great big box containing a tiny Kodak Brownie "Holiday Flash" and all the equipment necessary for lighting and film development. I recall jumping for joy when I viewed my first self-processed image including fingerprints, dust marks, and faded grey edges! The joy of my chemical darkroom work had begun!