Photograph of James Franceschini driving his prize hackney ponies, Mt. Tremblant, 1948

Black and white photograph of James Franceschini driving two of his prize hackney ponies, Dufferin Haven and Highland Cora at Mt. Tremblant, Quebec, 1948.

James is sitting in a two wheel horse carriage being drawn the horses, presumably on his horse ring in Dufferen Haven Estate. He is wearing a black suit with a matching black top hat. He is holding a martingale in his right hand and the reins in his left hand. The background shows a vast mountainscape.

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.