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Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia
  • Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia

    In an Australia we still remember, in each suburb and every country town, was the Greek café or milk bar—open all hours, 7 days a week. Remember the Niagara, the Parthenon, the California, the Astoria and Paragon? They gave us more than milkshakes, lollies, ice cream and home style meals. With Modernist designs, American gadgetry and coloured light, cafés brought atmosphere, a touch of glamour, at times a hint of Hollywood—a little break from the mundane reality of local life.

    As the good old days faded away, Effy Alexakis & Leonard Janiszewski took their camera and tape recorder, camera and pen into this vanishing world. They captured the faces and stories, the style and the ethos that gave our popular culture one of its most memorable expressions.


    • By Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski
    • 270 x 220mm, soft cover with flaps, 256 pages
    • Published by Halstead Press, Sydney
    • First printed 2016, a new edition is now available
    • ISBN: 9781925043181

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