Postcard of Peter Butti and friend, 1916, Canmore, AB

This is a black and white postcard of Peter Butti and a friend in Canmore, AB, 1916.

The two men are standing beside a railway track. They are dressed in suits, ties, and brimmed hats.  They are standing close to each other and staring at the camera. The background shows a vast landscape of mountains and trees  Canmore, located in located in the Bow Valley within Alberta's Rockies, was built as a coal mining town in the late 1880s.

Peter Butti came to Canada in 1912 under a mining work contract as an electrical engineer. In 1917, he brought his wife and children over from Italy. When World War II broke out, his son, Henry, was designated as an enemy alien and required to report monthly to the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).