Portrait of James and Annie Franceschini

Sepia-toned studio portrait of James and Annie Franceschini. Date unknown. James is wearing a pinstripe suit with a matching pin stripe tie, vest, and collared shirt.  A pocket square is visible in his suit breast pocket. Annie is wearing a sleeveless patterned top with dark coloured bottoms.  She has a large long necklace and a ring on her right pinky finger. Her hand is resting on a chair.

In 1912, James founded Dufferin Construction and became well known nationally. As the company became increasingly more successful, James was able to move into the construction of highways, provincial roads, rail lines and suburbs. Within three years – at the age of 25 – James became a millionaire.

On June 10, 1940, he was arrested and interned as a threat to the Canadian state.