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Container - Pasticceria, Panettone, circa 1930s Object Reg. No: SH 000925

Cardboard panettone container, which has been converted for use as a hat box. Angela Simeoni (nee Beltrame), wife of Massimo Simeoni, brought it with her when she migrated to Australia in 1939. Pasticceria Biffi was a popular café and cake shop located in the Victor Emmanuel Gallery in the centre of Milan. The shop is still operating in the same location.

Angela was born on 31 August 1908 in the town of Tarcento, Udine, region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. In 1931 she married Massimo Simeoni, also from Tarcento. Before migrating to Australia, Angela and Massimo lived in France, at Negrepelisse where their son William Lucien André was born on 31st December 1932. They returned to Italy in 1935. Angela and her son William (aged 7) were reunited with Massimo Simeoni in Melbourne in 1939, arriving on board the ship Remo at Station Pier on 18 September 1939.
Circular brown cardboard container with lid. The box has metal eyelets around the rim, which have been strung with string. A piece of thick black cord, with wooden balls at each end has been strung through the loops formed by the string. The box has the two address and telephone numbers of the company printed on it, with a picture on either side advertising their wares: bread, eggs, butter and flour on one side and a ladder with a banner on the other. Two hand written labels have been glued onto the lid of the box.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Phil Magris, 2000
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: italian communities, italian immigration, clothing accessories, luggage, travel goods, travel, hat boxes
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Inscriptions: Lid:
Printed Label: PASTICCERIA BIFFI MILA(label ripped)/CORSO MAGENTA, 87 PIZZA DELLA SCA(label ripped)/Peso K (label covered)
Hand written label glued on: Simeslia Augeliue/Melbourne/Australia
Label: PASTICCERIA BIFFI - MILANO/CORSO MAGENTA, 87 PIZZA DELLA SCALA/ Reso Kg. (....................................)
Hand written label glued on: Simeori Augelina = 60 R S Fitzroy Melbourne
Label: ITALIA PACCO (sideways) 249.

Qarauzia di/materia/prima
Place & Date Made: Milan, Italy, circa 1930s
User: Angela Simeoni, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1940s

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