The Periptero, newspapers kiosk Art Print
Here is a traditional Greek newspaper kiosk named Περίπτερο in Greek (you can read more about it in the "about the illustration" tab below). The dimensions of this print are 21 cm x 30 cm.
All my reproductions are printed on the highest quality Hahnemühle paper (William Turner 310 gsm) in 100% white cotton. The paper is free from optical brighteners and is characterized by its unique feel and texture. Printed with no harmful chemicals.
Each print is packaged with silk paper, supported by carton for protection and shipped to you in a protective envelope. I can also use cardboard tubes depending on the size of the artwork.
All the prints are signed at the back with my name Marina Nicolaïdis and date. If you wish I can also write a personal dedication. You can tell me the text by message!
THE PRINTS ARE SOLD UNFRAMED !
I designed this kiosk (in Greek « περίπτερο ») with a touch of nostalgia for these traditional and so cute kiosks initially selling tobacco in Nafplion in 1828, then newspapers and later many other objects of everyday use.
Although big changes took place in more than 190 years, they are still an integral part of Greek life nowadays.
First of all the size & colour : from something like less than 1 square meter in 1914 to over 4 nowadays (with additional space for outside refrigerators!). Also the usual colour of the “peripteral” was yellow, easily visible in the street!
The licences : Already in 1889, but also after the 1rst and 2nd World War, the kiosks were a form of financial assistance to wounded soldiers and invalids who were granted the right to work, manage and later rent their stand.
From 2012 took place many changes with these licences granted at 70% to municipalities and 30% to people with special needs. Furthermore the licences could no longer bequeath or inherited.
Of course there are other reasons to that, it was also a way to collect taxes on tobacco and later to distribute the Greek press.
As to the items offered, to the early tobacco and newspapers were added candies, chewing-gums, chocolate, soft drinks etc to finally reach some 2500 codes!
Last but not least, since the middle of 1950’s, a popular service was provided : public telephone! and this was really a public utility for people who still didn’t have a telephone at home!