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Landscape. At the backyard of the Konis car repair shop, Aidipsos, Greece, 2013.

Landscape. At the backyard of the Konis car repair shop, Aidipsos, Greece, 2013.

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Holy Grail (part 4): A BMW motorcycle (possibly a BMW 51/3) converted to a three-wheeled light truck. Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.
According to Arvanitopoulos, in the ’50s there were trainloads of BMW motorcycles imported to Greece, to be converted to threewheelers, much needed during the postwar constructing boom. In the ’80s, it was the other way round: the old Greek motorcycle mechanics were busy restoring the threewheelers back to their original status, for the classic BMWs to be sold back to German collectors…
For Philippe.

Holy Grail (part 4): A BMW motorcycle (possibly a BMW 51/3) converted to a three-wheeled light truck. Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.

According to Arvanitopoulos, in the ’50s there were trainloads of BMW motorcycles imported to Greece, to be converted to threewheelers, much needed during the postwar constructing boom. In the ’80s, it was the other way round: the old Greek motorcycle mechanics were busy restoring the threewheelers back to their original status, for the classic BMWs to be sold back to German collectors…

For Philippe.

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Holy Grail (part 3): Yes, it’s a Beba! The “real deal”: A BMW motorcycle (I think it’s a BMW 51/3, please correct me if you think otherwise) converted to a three-wheeled light truck, much needed in post-WWII Greece. An old workhorse, rare to find nowadays. Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.
For Peter.

Holy Grail (part 3): Yes, it’s a Beba! The “real deal”: A BMW motorcycle (I think it’s a BMW 51/3, please correct me if you think otherwise) converted to a three-wheeled light truck, much needed in post-WWII Greece. An old workhorse, rare to find nowadays. Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.

For Peter.

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Holy Grail (part 2). Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.
… Got round the thing… The front part was covered with a blanket… but I knew I was not mistaken… this was not just one of the recent three-wheelers, this had to be an old fourkoni (furgone - see text here), an original three-wheeled conversion of a motorcycle… A half-motorcycle half-truck thing converted locally, in the post-WWII years and up to the 1960s, a real workhorse during the country’s reconstruction…
Now, should I remove the blanket? And what would I find?
[to be continued]

Holy Grail (part 2). Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.

… Got round the thing… The front part was covered with a blanket… but I knew I was not mistaken… this was not just one of the recent three-wheelers, this had to be an old fourkoni (furgone - see text here), an original three-wheeled conversion of a motorcycle… A half-motorcycle half-truck thing converted locally, in the post-WWII years and up to the 1960s, a real workhorse during the country’s reconstruction…

Now, should I remove the blanket? And what would I find?

[to be continued]

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Holy Grail (part 1). Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.
So… We were driving around the Tavros housing projects (στις εργατικές του Ταύρου - clin d’oeil for schwarz-weiss), looking for photo-opportunities. We took the proverbial wrong turn… Then, out of the corner of my eye, I got a glimpse of that, parked between two cars, in front of the projects… I knew it had to be something interesting. Stopped, got out of the car, took this picture…

Holy Grail (part 1). Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.

So… We were driving around the Tavros housing projects (στις εργατικές του Ταύρου - clin d’oeil for schwarz-weiss), looking for photo-opportunities. We took the proverbial wrong turn… Then, out of the corner of my eye, I got a glimpse of that, parked between two cars, in front of the projects… I knew it had to be something interesting. Stopped, got out of the car, took this picture…

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Top: A Vespa 50S (1963-?). Gyzi, Athens, Greece, 2014.

Bottom: A Vespa 50 Special (?) (1969-1983). Roumeliotis service station collection, 240, Pireos str., Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.

These go out to borisla (no, Jeremi, you are not!), kleinefreiheiten, nina’s clicks, feinbein (and again) and all the other good people on Tumblr (I forget many more - sorry) with a soft spot for the classic Piaggio Vespa

PS for Greek viewers: Καλέ μου άνθρωπε…! Ξέρεις από Βέσπα;;;

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Hopeless at shooting things behind shop windows (part 2). In case anyone remembers the rusty Puch motorbike, here is (what little can be seen of) another Puch, found in a shop, along with antique dolls, toys, globes etc, during a night stroll. Moschato, Athens, Greece, 2014.

This is a friendly reminder, and periodically posted warning, that this is NOT a decent photography blog. I do not post beautiful, not even decent photos - I just post things I find interesting, in a very subjective way.

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Hopeless at shooting things behind shop windows (part 1). A Polaroid 430 (1971-1977) instant camera and one of the zillion folding Kodaks (Kodex no1 shutter, Anastigmat lens) behind the window of a now closed photo shop in Exarcheia, Athens, Greece, 2014.
This could be considered the first of a projected / ongoing series on closed photo shops in Athens, inspired by Shuterred, Sam Weinstein’s (pixandum) side-project on closed down businesses and “the state of our economy”…
To take pictures of every shop and small business that has closed down forever, in Athens downtown, during these times of crisis, would be impossible. Narrowing it down to just photo shops can keep one busy enough…

Hopeless at shooting things behind shop windows (part 1). A Polaroid 430 (1971-1977) instant camera and one of the zillion folding Kodaks (Kodex no1 shutter, Anastigmat lens) behind the window of a now closed photo shop in Exarcheia, Athens, Greece, 2014.

This could be considered the first of a projected / ongoing series on closed photo shops in Athens, inspired by Shuterred, Sam Weinstein’s (pixandum) side-project on closed down businesses and “the state of our economy”…

To take pictures of every shop and small business that has closed down forever, in Athens downtown, during these times of crisis, would be impossible. Narrowing it down to just photo shops can keep one busy enough…

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Contre-lumière. Between Aghios Nikolaos and Gialtra, northern Euboea, Greece, 2013.

Contre-lumière. Between Aghios Nikolaos and Gialtra, northern Euboea, Greece, 2013.

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“Made like a gun, goes like a bullet"… Royal Enfield Bullet 350. Roumeliotis service station collection, 240, Pireos str., Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.

Made like a gun, goes like a bullet"… Royal Enfield Bullet 350. Roumeliotis service station collection, 240, Pireos str., Tavros, Athens, Greece, 2014.