I’m amazed at the additional material in that postcard and where it led me this week. Gosh! Let’s continue reading the evidence.
- Next to SPQR is an image. Taking a chance, I researched Roman tourist sites. Turns out that columned structure is a monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of unified Italy. It wasn’t inaugurated until 1911, providing another beginning date for this picture.
- Above the monument is a plume with an interwined EV, which represents the kingeither Vittorio Emanuele II or his grandson Vittorio Emanuele III.
- At the top of the card are portraits of Vittorio Emanuele III (1869-1947) and his wife, Elena (1873-1953), Princess Petrovich of Montenegro. He becamse king July 29, 1900, following the assassination of his father, Umberto. He reigned until he abdicated May 9, 1946. Next to the portraits is the flag of his House of Savoyred with a white cross.
- A quick search for secoli fedele made me shout, “I got it!” The phrase “Nei Secoli Fedele” means “always faithful.” That phrase on the photo mat identifies the man pictured as a member of the Carabinieri. These men policed both military and civil matters. Follow the link to read more about them and see another picture.
Remember the owner of the picture, Justin Piccirillo, thought this man was his relative, Costabile Piccirillo ( 1891-1974). This could be him. Judging by the other clues in the image this picture dates to about 1911, when he’d be 20.
PS: I asked a military specialist to take a look at the uniform. I’ll report back soon on what he had to say.