Greek Grocer’s Account Book From the 1880’s on Display in Turkey’s Museum

Bursa in Turkey, today

A ledger that belonged to a Greek Grocer in Modern-day Turkey’s Mudania is being exhibited in Turkey’s Bursa Migration Museum.

The 138 years-old book that was used to keep track of the money costumers owed to the Greek grocer reveals the standard of living in the area in the late 1800’s.

People used to buy matches, gas, strings, beans and soap and many of them didn’t have the money to pay for them.

According to the museum, the poverty of this era is more than obvious, taking into consideration the amount of money people owed to the Greek grocer.

The owner of this grocery shop was forced to leave Turkey and move to Thessaloniki after the obligatory exchange of people that took place in Greece and Turkey after the end of World War I.

Ethnic Turks were forced to leave Greece and Ethnic Greeks had to leave Turkey and go to find a new place to live in the boundaries of the Greek State.