Postcard from Achille Corbo to his son Alessandro Corbo, September 11, 1941
Postcard from Achille Corbo to his son Alessandro Corbo, September 11, 1941. The handwritten message, in Italian, is addressed to his son and notes his title as Ladies Fashion Designer. Corbo writes that he is happy that his son is satisified with his work. He wishes great success and harmony for all his children. He thanks his son for the care package he just received and asks him to accompany his mother to the opera Aida. He further describes Montreal as the beautiful city.
Achille Corbo was arrested as a threat to the Canadian state on June 10, 1940 and interned at Camp Petawawa.
Internees were allowed to write three letters and four postcards per month. The maximum length for letters was twenty-four lines and eight lines for postcards. Exceptions were made for those who ran businesses and had to respond to letters from the Custodian of Enemy Property. All camp letters were read by a censor. Contents deemed inappropriate were blacked out with ink. The same applied to incoming mail. Camp letters that were written in Italian were first translated into English before being read by a censor.
Internees were allowed to receive parcels from family members. These packages were searched thoroughly by camp guards before being distributed. Internees mostly received food and clothing.