Photograph of Eliseo Orlando, wife Maria, and their two sons, Toronto, ON, date unknown - solo in inglese
Black and white photograph of Eliseo Orlando, his wife Maria, and their two sons, Toronto, ON, date unknown. Based on the appearance of the two little boys, this picture was likely taken in the late 1920s. Eliseo, his wife Maria, and their three children first settled on Queen Street before moving to the Beaches area. The eldest, a daughter, was born in Italy. Both boys were Canadian-born. Eliseo was a tailor and his wife Maria was also an exceptional sewer.
In 1940, Eliseo and his two sons Italo and Roy Orlando were arrested and interned. At 16 years of age, Roy Orlando was likely the youngest Italian Canadian among the internees.
Designated an enemy alien herself on June 10, 1940, Antoinette (Toni) Ciccarelli was asked by Maria Orlando to bring sweaters to her sons at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds where they were being held after the mass arrests. Both boys had been taken with no warning from school and had not been allowed to return home. Maria also sent through Toni their prayer book and rosary. Toni was able to hand the materials to the police and see the boys, whom she told "And your mother said to please say your rosaries and your prayer book. And God will will look after you."
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