Photo postcard by Stavroula Stamatakakos
from Greece to her children and grandchildren in Lowell (1922).
lived in villages in dry or fertile valleys, on islands, and in the
hills. They grew figs and olives, tilled fields, and raised sheep and
goats - all for meager reward. Despite the persistent poverty, village
life had its pleasures. They celebrated bountiful harvests and talked
politics at outdoor "kafenia" (coffeehouses) in the crystal air. A gnawing
sorrow was the thought that their children's lives would be no better
unless they had the courage to take a chance on the promise of far off
Peasant women tilling the field in Macedonia (1916).