Sponge divers

235852
Date
1979
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two color slides.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S79-499 - S79-500

Tarpon Springs sponge divers

233963
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One black and white print. May 1980.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
P80-224

The Sponge Divers (National Geographic Explorer)

241217
Date
04/20/1987
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
FV-91

Greek sponge divers

235908
Date
1988-06-16
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Twelve color slides. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some exp...
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S95-367 - S95-373

Sponge diver breaking the surface

119936
Date
198-
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS79500

Fieldwork for Every Island Has Its Own Song (Video 1)

238844
Date
1987-11
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video recording. 20 minutes. (Copy can be found on FV-1, S 1615). Includes Greek School blessing (by Father Tryfon Theophilopolus), shots of sponge boats at sponge docks, shots of St. Michaels shrine. Created for the Every Island Has Its Own Song project. The finished product was a documentary ...
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V89-14

Fieldwork for Every Island Has Its Own Song (Video 7)

240928
Date
Nov 1987 - Dec 1987
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V89-20

Tarpon Springs

234058
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One proof sheet with 21 images, plus negatives. 1-3 food market 4-10 sponges 11-21 net maker George Sanders April 1982
Type
Still Image
Item ID
P82-103

Images from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

236141
Date
1989-06-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
61 color slides. Images of musicans (many are dark), sponge diving helmet makers Toth and Lerios, crafts, and various speakers. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Greek immigrants a...
Type
Still Image

Interview with sponge fisher Sylvester Jackson

236621
Date
1987-03-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Jackson was one of the few non-Greek sponge divers in Tarpon Springs in the early 20th Century. He discusses many conflicts between the Greek community and other local peoples. The Florida Folk Arts Survey was conducted in 1987 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalis, Steve Frangos, Merri...
Type
Sound

Images of the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

236139
Date
1989-06-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One proof sheet with 36 black and white images (plus negatives). Images of sponge diving, sponge processing Greek cooking, Greek craft booths, and Tsimouris making a Tsabouna, a Greek bagpipe. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice t...
Type
Still Image

Interview with sponge diving helmet maker Anthony Lerios

236144
Date
1989-06-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Three audio cassettes. Born 3 December 1902, Lerios was a Greek immigrant who made sponge diving helmets. He arrived in Tarpons Springs in 1913 to work in a machine shop. He soon owned his own, and made helmets. Also made and fixed engines and pumps. He also discussing making helmets, changes in t...
Type
Sound
Item ID
C89-23
Item ID
C89-24
Item ID
C89-25

Fieldwork for Every Island Has Its Own Song (Video 21)

240938
Date
Nov 1987 - Dec 1987
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V89-35

Tony Lerios and apprentice Nick Toth making diving helmets

235818
Date
1985-07
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two proof sheets with 46 images (plus negatives). The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Appre...
Type
Still Image

Interview with Greek dive helmet maker Antonio Lerios

235920
Date
1986-02-12
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio casette. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some exper...
Type
Sound

Performers at the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

236137
Date
1989-06-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Twenty-two color slides. Many of the images are dark (peformers -- not all identified--performed under a tent). The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Greek immigrants answered an ad to...
Type
Still Image

Blessing of the Water for the Dead

236138
Date
1989-06-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Twenty color slides. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Greek immigrants answered an ad to be sponge divers, the town acquired a distinctive Greek flavor, as the Greek Americans thr...
Type
Still Image

Greek embroidery at the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

236142
Date
1989-06-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Nineteen color slides. Greek embroidery displayed. Brief biographies of the embroiderers (some pictured) can be found in the folder. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Greek immigr...
Type
Still Image

Nikitas Tsimouris making a tsabouna

236140
Date
1989-06-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Thirty-five color slides. Tsimouris making a tsabouna, a Greek bag pipe made out of sheep's skin. More images of Tsimouris at the festival can be found in folder 6, S 1672, box 1. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated bac...
Type
Still Image

Interview with Greek musician Phil Demas

236146
Date
1989-06-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Demas discusses moving to the US, playing music professionally, marriage, his Catholicism, customs, and local Greek life. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Gre...
Type
Sound
Item ID
C89-27

Antonio Lerios and apprentice Nick Toth making dive helmets

235888
Date
1986-02-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Thirty-four color slides. Lerios began making diving helmets for sponge divers in 1913 in Tarpon Springs. When he was in his 80s, he decided to retire. In the meantime, Toth, fresh with a degree from University of Florida, decided to learn the trade, and he worked as an apprentice for Lerios. By 199...
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S93-326 - S93-362

Nikitas Tsimouris making a tsabouna

236136
Date
1989-06-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Thirty-eight color slides; two proof sheets with 59 black and white images (plus negatives). Tsimouris making a tsabouna, a Greek bag pipe made out of sheep's skin. More images of Tsimouris at the festival can be found in folder 6, S 1672, box 1. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate ...
Type
Still Image

Interview with John Gianaros

236143
Date
1989-06-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. A Greek accordion player, Gianaros discusses his life, from his birth at sea in 1905, to emigrating to the US to teaching accordion playing. He originally worked on ocean liners as a mechanic, exposing him to America. Once in the US, he worked as a chef, then music teacher. He ...
Type
Sound
Item ID
C89-22

Interview with bouzouki player Spiros Skordiles

236145
Date
1989-06-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Three audio cassettes. Much of the interview at the start is in Greek. Sokrilis discusses the bouzouki, learning to play, emigration to the US from Greece, family life, teaching the instruments to others, and festivals. Recorded at the Sponge Industry Folk Arts festival, festival sounds can be hea...
Type
Sound
Item ID
C89-26

Interview with Greek musician Phil Demas

236147
Date
1989-06-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Greek immigrant and musician Katsanos first came to Tarpon Springs in 1919, at which time he already had his first professional record behind him. He recorded for Columbia, RCA, and Decca. He also performed around the world. He discusses playing, learning music, and life in Tar...
Type
Sound
Item ID
C89-28

Interview with Greek musician Alex Platonias

236148
Date
1989-06
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Platonias discusses his life, including emigrating to New York from Greece, his family background, learning Greek music, folk dances, naming songs, sponge diving, payment customs in Greece, and education. Recorded at the Sponge Industry Folk Arts festival, which can be heard in...
Type
Sound
Item ID
C89-29

Sculpture of a sponge diver - Tarpon Springs, Florida.

118820
Date
2003
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS034317

Sculpture of a sponge diver - Tarpon Springs, Florida.

118821
Date
2003
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS034318

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