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40 years of active presence

Thursday, February 9, 2023
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    COUNTRIES AND NAMES OF CITIES

    The names of the many cities and countries on the postcards represent Europe and the Near East on the eve of the First World War. It was a world fitting to a cultured, cosmopolitan trader, as Isaac Bezas was. This world would violently and irreversibly change though, after 1918. It was the time when the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy, the Russian, German and Ottoman Empires and only a part of the modern Greek state existed.

    Espacially interesting is the name of Thessaloniki: From Salonique – Turquie and Salonich or Saloniki or Salonika – Europ. Türkei, as well as Salonicco – Turchia Europea from 1914 onwards, after a short period of confusion, to Salonique – Grèce.

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