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Postage stamps highlights of new show January 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas.
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A postage stamp exhibit, “Stamped Out!” The Collaspe of the Ottoman Empire and the Growth of Greece” is on display at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center from January 16-February 21.

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The exhibit is free. Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is at 101 South Pinellas Ave. Call 727-942-5605.

Theodore Grame, a retired professor of musicology and author of two books and many articles, is a collector of postage stamps featuring musical topics from 200 countries on six continents.

Some of the stamps in this exhibit are from Thessaly, Thessloniki, Mt. Athos, Alexandropoulis, Kavalla, Crete, Epirus, Kalymnos, Samos, Ikaria, Rhodes, Halki, Simi, and Cyprus.

The exhibit honors Grame’s Evzone father, Constantine, who was wounded fighting for his country in the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913.

In 1830 the new Kingdom of Greece achieved its independence from the tottering Ottoman Empire, but it would be 117 years before Greece reached its present borders, while Cyprus, then under British rule, had to wait until 1960 to become a sovereign nation. Between 1830 and 1913 Rumania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, and Montenegro freed themselves from Turkish control, and, by about 1920, the Ottoman Empire was gone, succeeded by the modern secular state of Turkey.

The aim of this exhibition is to illustrate the growth of Greece using postage stamps. The exhibit is of special interest in Tarpon Springs, since the Dodecanese Islands, the ancestral home of many Tarpon Springs residents, were not united with Greece until 1947, following centuries of Turkish and, later, Italian occupation.

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