N.p. 1932-1935. Album. Ca. 80 Italian cavalry school photos. They show cross-country and jumping competitions and schooling, also various group gatherings and classes of cadets. One or two photos seem to be copy prints; the rest are original. Several are tiny snapshots. Most are 8 x 10, 3 x 5, or 4 x 6 inches. The pages are protected with guardsheets. All are in very good condition. Bound in a sturdy embossed leather album, mounted to a leather backing so it can laid down and opened easily. Very good. Item #30559
The locales of the photos are Bologna, Parma, Salsomaggiore (Parma), Pinerolo, Turin, Siena, Rome, and Cittavecchia (Rome). All are identified in handwriting with one or more of these details—place, horse, date, occasionally rider. One photo shows a line-up of officers, most of whom are identified. All the photos are different, though several show the same obstacle, a double ditch and bank (“talus”). Some are aerial views. One photo shows the presentation of a class to King Vittorio Emmanele III at Tor di Quinto. Another shows Mussolini visiting maneuvers, escorted by two named officers, August 1933. In a sequence of three photos over the double bank, the rider has written “io” (me) next to a fallen horse and rider; the third photo shows the horse stuck in the ditch. A unique document of Fascist-era Italian cavalry activities. Large and heavy; shipping/handling will be extra. Please keep this in mind when ordering.