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Postcard - Return to barracks, circa 1990s Image Reg. No: SH 921217 19

Blank colour postcard featuring a reproduction of work by Giovanni Fattori "Ritorno in caserma" (Return to barracks) created in 1886. It is part of a series of Carabinieri postcards printed by Stab. L. Salmone in Rome, circa 1990. It depicts a Carabinieri walking his horse towards a large gate. It was brought to Australia by an Italian migrant.

The Arma dei Carabinieri (Carabinieri) was created by King Victor Emmanuel I of Savoy, with the aim of providing the Kingdom of Sardinia with a police corps in 1814. After the unification of Italy the Carabinieri were appointed the First Force of the a newly founded Italian Army in 1861. In 2000 they became a separate branch of the Italian Armed Forces. The Carabinieri undertake both civilian police work and military work.

The uniform depicted on the postcard is the initial uniform of the Carabinieri which consisted of dark blue pants and jacket with silver braid around the collar and cuffs, edges trimmed in scarlet and epaulettes in silver. The mounted division had white fringes and, the infantry had light blue. Their headgear was a distinctive hat with two points popularly called the lucerna. The Carabinieri still use a version of this historic uniform today for ceremonies.
Rectangular postcard, printed in colour and featuring a reproduction of work by Giovanni Fattori: "Ritorno in caserma (1886)". The picture depicts a man, dressed in military costume, walking beside his horse toward a high wall with a gate. Both the man and the horse are viewed from Behind. The picture is in the form of a drawing or sketch, which is done in black/brown ink with light orange shading over the top. The reverse face of the postcard is cream in colour with some print and markings in grey ink.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Prattico, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 15.00 cm (Height), 0.10 cm (Width), 10.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: italian art, italian communities, italian immigration, postcards, correspondence, police, essential services, italian police, military forces
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: mementoes
Inscriptions: Printed reverse face (left side) "Giovanni Fattori: Ritorno in caserma (1886)/Acquaforte, cm. 13,6x 18,7/Proprieta del Gabinetto Disegni/e Stampe degli Uffizi, Firenze."
Printed reverse face (right) "STAB. L. SALMONE-ROMA"
Printer reverse face (centre) "PRINTED IN ITALY" [Vertically]
Format: Postcard: Black & White
Place & Date Made: Rome, Italy, circa 1990
Printer: Stab. L. Salomone, Rome, Italy, circa 1990
Other Association (See Comments): Giovanni Fattori, Florence, Tuscany, Italy, 1886

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