Portrait

Title

Portrait

Description

George Phillos was born in Tripoli, Greece around 1891. He immigrated to the United States in 1912 and settled in Bloomington, Illinois. There, George worked in his family’s candy stores as a confectioner. During the First World War, he served in the U.S. Army and was possibly stationed in California. Around that time, he acquired a camera and began to document his life and his travels. Later, he moved to Chicago, where he died in 1980.

Phillos’ family remember him as a jovial man. He never married but had a close relationship with his extended family. As evidenced by this collection, he was a photography enthusiast. He also enjoyed sharing stories about family from years long past.

Phillos created this collection using photographs he himself took, in addition to those taken of him by others. The black and white photographs were mostly printed on postcard paper, a popular, inexpensive printing medium at the time. There are also several portraits in the collection that were done in photography studios, like the one you see here of George.

The images in this exhibition represent photographs taken by one person and yet they tell us a story that is larger than one individual. These are snapshots of both a life, and life writ large, documenting an important period in the Greek American story--one George Phillos experienced firsthand.

Creator

National Hellenic Museum

Source

https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/11967

Publisher

National Hellenic Museum

Date

1933

Contributor

Jeremy Bucher
Phoebe Yates

Rights

National Hellenic Museum

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Still Image

Identifier

2003.26.235

Files

01.jpg

Reference

Portrait, National Hellenic Museum, National Hellenic Museum, 1933

Cite As

National Hellenic Museum, “Portrait,” National Hellenic Museum Virtual Exhibitions, accessed July 21, 2024, https://nhmdigitalexhibitions.omeka.net/items/show/6.