Photograph of internees

Double row of 11 internees; four are crouched in the front. All seem to be wearing heavier clothes suggesting the picture was taken in early spring or in the fall. An identification card reading "51" is positioned on the ground in the centre of the front row. The group is positioned in front of a building whose facing seems to be comprised of studded wood planks.

Photograph is dated in black ink to 1943. As a result, this picture would have been taken in Fredericton Internment Camp, where the remaining Italian Canadian internees were transferred in July 1942. The identification card used suggests it was a formal picture taken by a government official. The back of the image contains a partial stamp for "CANADA INT-OP CENSORED" and the signatures of three internees: Nello Trasciatti (second standing from the right), Joseph Frascadore (second standing from the left), and a partial signature. Osvaldo Giacomelli is the first man standing on the right. Man standing in the middle seems to have a badge sewn in the centre of his vest which reads "EB" or "E8".

This photograph belongs to a collection owned by Italian Canadian internee Osvaldo Giacomelli. Previous to his death, he had spoken on the record about his internment to journalists and academics. Some suggestion has been made that Giacomelli was a fascist supporter and Mussolini-adherent. He was one of the longest-serving of the Italian Canadian internees, released on May 29, 1945. Giacomelli himself felt that he was wrongfully interned, and sued the Government of Canada in 2005. When Giacomelli died in March of 2006, his case was still unresolved.