Posted 3 years ago
So, somehow this fellow got mixed in with a batch of photos of French Chasseurs Alpins that I recently acquired. There is a penciled price on it, so I think it got mixed with the others after they left the possession of the individual/family.
The photo has the raised stamp of the photographer, C. Nicoletti, with a New York address. Judging by the medals he’s an Italian WWI Veteran wearing - as nearly as I can tell - the Medal for Military Valor, War Merit Cross, Libyan Campaign Medal, Medal for the Unification of Italy, Italian Inter-allied Victory Medal and War Medal of 1915-1918, among others.
I can only guess at the rest of his uniform. The dark shirt, matching dark tie, and the tasseled cap reminds me of the infamous “Black Shirts,” although in sepia I can’t be sure it’s even black. Perhaps it's a US based Italian organization? Perhaps it’s something of his own design? Of course there are many standard Italian uniforms I’m not familiar with anyway.
Perhaps the mystery can be solved by the writing on the back of the card. I think it starts with an offer of sincere gratitude and ends with something like “I know this because of my home now for this country” (run through Babelfish)
So, can anyone translate this? Can anyone identify the uniform?