Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia by Effy Alexakis & Leonard Janiszewski

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Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia by Effy Alexakis & Leonard Janiszewski

Take a nostalgic trip to the days when the Greek Café was the gathering place for every town and suburb. Effy Alexakis evocative photos are paired with marvellous images from family albums. The cafes and the people behind them, showing décor, milkshakes, sundaes and innovative sweets were combined in a unique and special Australian experience. The authors have travelled Australia, Greece, Egypt and the USA, tracking down cafes, milk bars and their forerunners overseas.

They follow the worldwide milk bar phenomenon that began in Depression Sydney. They look deeply at the Greek way of promising Hollywood glamour in the 30s and 50s with modern exotic American treats and styles. In their own words dozens of Australias Greek cafe families tell stories of migration, ingenuity, hard work and hardships that gave Australia its most popular catering outlets in the good old days.

Published 2016

Also available by the same authors "In Their Own Image" A photographic book about Greeks in Australia.