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Spnges Dried and Ready for Distribution

"The creation of Tarpon Sponge Company is the realization of the "American Dream". It began in Greece, where Emmanuel Klimis lived and worked harvesting sponges from the Mediterranean Sea. In an effort to find a better life, Emmanuel moved to America in 1911 and brought with him the unique skill of sponging. He settled in Tarpon Springs, Florida where the sponge industry was thriving. In the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Klimis sponging legacy was handed down to the youngest child, as Emmanuel taught his son, Harry, the skill of using a hook boat to harvest sponges. As was the case with millions of Americans, the advent of World War II interrupted the aspirations and dreams of the Klimis family. Harry Klimis enlisted in the Navy in defense of his country. After the war, Harry graduated from college and pursued a career as a pharmacist, but the days of sponging with his father always remained alive in his memories. In 1983, Harry found a way to honor the father he loved and admired, and the opportunity to open his own unique enterprise. He decided to return to the sponging industry and establish a retail location on the sponge docks of Tarpon Springs, Over the years, through hard work and determination, the company grew, and the Klimis legacy was passed down once again, as Harry's daughter, Athena, entered the family business. Her retail expertise has helped to expand the amount and variety of unique products that Tarpon Sponge Company offers its customers"..
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Nov 20 2012 02:46 GMT T1MELESS PRO
I had rather a large Number of those sponges Barb as i used to dive for them when I was in Cyprus,I still have one or two left You cant beat a real sponge in the bath :-))
Nice find !!!
Nov 20 2012 04:19 GMT hallo
Great natural stuff, they must cost a fortune..
Nov 20 2012 09:37 GMT sheasoru68
Amazing history there Barb,...all new to me I have to admit,...
Always great to see such a blue sky.
Nov 20 2012 10:14 GMT mcdonegal1 PRO
Thank you for sharing this photo and the history. Amazing stuff.
Nov 20 2012 13:34 GMT clintonfolks
fantastic history. great photo!
Nov 20 2012 16:34 GMT Myshots
Fantastic notes, and shot of these sponges...so interesting to see....
Nov 20 2012 20:46 GMT hans55 PRO
interresting picture and info !!
Nov 20 2012 21:37 GMT wijnie58
Great history and information..:-))
Nov 21 2012 10:20 GMT Annamaria
Wow so many of them!! Did you used one of these yourself??
Nov 27 2012 02:44 GMT gtc126