BULGARIAN TRACES IN THESSALONIKI. HISTORICAL POSTCARDS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE XX CENTURY
The article is based on selected historical postcards with images of the Bulgarian population of Thessaloniki, taken at the end of the 19th century in photographic studios in Thessaloniki and reprinted as postcards until the First World War. The text aims to clarify the origin, memory, and identity of the images reproduced in postcards. Due to historical, demographic, and political changes, Thessaloniki postcard publishers replaced the identity of the images they presented. The article examines this type of postcards as a manifestation of memory politics and as evidence of the transformation of the Bulgarians in Thessaloniki into a “hidden minority”.
Keywords: visual culture, postcards, Thessaloniki, Bulgarian population, politics of memory, hidden minority