George Aristides Poulos papers
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George Aristides Poulos papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Poulos, George Aristides, 1891-1961
Title: George Aristides Poulos papers
Dates: 1911-1960
Quantity: 2.83 linear ft. (2 oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS850

Biographical/Historical Note

George A. Papanikolopoulos (1891-1961), name altered to Poulos by immigration, was born in Nedousa, Greece. He emigrated from Greece to the United States around 1905 and worked for James Brown as a salesman. Poulos started a soda fountain buisness, Poulos Soda Company, in 1911 at 9 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, Georgia, across from Rich's Department Store. In 1918, the city directory heading was for cigars and soft drinks. By 1919, the city directory listed the business as cigars. In 1922, he married Helen Mins, also an immigrant, originally from Greece, then living in Waycross, Georgia. Later the business grew into a diner and was informally known as "George's." A liquor license was obtained and the diner aspect was dropped in later years. When Mr. Poulos retired in 1960, the business was a liquor store. The Poulos had two children, Themis Poulos (born 1923), who married Howard Cramer in 1982, and George Aristides Poulos (born 1929).

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four financial ledgers of Poulos Soda Company and the successor business as well as the business license and other related records. Included are sales, purchases, and salaries with amounts in dollars. Column headings are in Greek.

Index Terms

Account books--Georgia--Atlanta
Business records--Georgia--Atlanta
Diners (Restaurants)--Georgia--Atlanta
Liquor industry--Georgia--Atlanta
Minis, Helen
Poulos, George Aristides, 1929-
Poulos, Themis, 1923-
Soda fountains--Georgia--Atlanta
Stores, Retail--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Aristides Poulos papers, MSS 850, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1992

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




MSS OS Box 2.2961Business license and financial records, 1950-1961, undated
Ledger, 1911-1920
Ledger, 1924-1935
Ledger, 1947-1956


MSS OS Box 2.297.1Ledger, 1952-1960