Photograph of internee playing trumpet in winter scene - solo in inglese

One internee in winter exterior playing a trumpet. It appears to be snowing, and he is positioned in front of a wood pile and other camp buildings. The photographer seems to be positioned within a building and is taking the shot through an open doorway.

This image may have been taken around the same time as DICEA2011.0001.0017.

Internees were not allowed to have their own cameras in camp. However, it seems that Giacomelli or one of his campmates were able to secure such a camera, as this is clearly an informal photograph.

The location cannot be confirmed; it is likely either Fredericton Internment Camp or Camp Petawawa. Most of the other pictures in this collection were taken at Fredericton Internment Camp in Fall 1942 or Winter 1942/1943.

Although recreational activities were organized during downtime, internees were often lonely and bored.

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.