National Geographic’s Greece in Color from the 1920s


Enjoy these beautiful, rare images of Greece in color, captured from the camera of Maynard Owen Williams in the 1920s.

Maynard Owen Williams was a National Geographic correspondent from 1919. He was an inveterate traveller who began traveling in his teens, explored Asia and witnessed the Russian Revolution, among other adventures.

Williams was the Geographic’s first foreign correspondent, and his reports include a description of the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1923.

Maynard Williams was also an excellent photographer, and pioneered travel photography. The Maynard Owen Williams Prize for creative nonfiction at Kalamazoo College is named in his memory.



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    • These images were taken in the 1920s, they have long ago entered the public domain. You were under no obligation to pay them anything, legally speaking.

  2. Despina Merambeliotis on

    These are stunning photographs, and so rare. Thanks for sharing with the wider community.

  3. Lovely photos but for me they would be more powerful in black and white. I loved the photos of Constantine Manos you showed in the Pappas Post last year. My husband Panos said they took him back to his memories of when he was growing up in Greece.

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  5. The photo of the Greek lady sitting kitting in Aivali, stirs deep emotions for me. My maternal Grandmother Eleni Filippou (nee Moraitis) was from Aivali, she was born in 1909 and died in 1975, in Adekaide South Australia. She immigrated to Australia in 1967. Only God knows, but I can’t help but think, I might be looking at a photo of my Great-Grandmother…..

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