An unexpected present
On december 26th i finally took some time to go and put some order to an old box of family pictures and letters that i had seen literally rotting away in my grandmother's old house, in the attick. Me and my father took the afternoon looking at old memories and putting them away into a safe place, where time and mice could not do any damage.
As the afternoon passed and dark came, we moved everything in a box and put it on a high shelf together with some other boxes full of other photos and things.
I don't know much about the history of my father's side of the family, so it was really nice to discover some new things, and i was already quite satisfied, when i happened to pick up a small box, very well kept, that appeared to contain quite a few pictures, judging from the weight.
As soon as i opened it, i saw an envelope, packed with pictures and marked "Artiglieria di montagna" the italian mountain artillery.
I started to feel as if i had just found what i had come to look for, so since we were in a hurry to go, i took the box back home and decided to look into it's content.
As it turned out there were quite a lot of envelopes in there, and they were all full of pictures. They were all pictures of a relative of mine i knew nothing about, and through these images and the descriptions on the back of them i was able to discover a person i would have surely had a lot of fun with.
I am writing these things here, because the pictures have mostly to do with mountains, so i'm sure some of you will enjoy this dive in the past. I was hoping to post this little memory a few days ago, as a Christmas present to Summitposters, as it has mountains, family and memories all embedded into one page, but it took me some time to sort them out, divide them into periods and places, scan them, understand where some of them were taken and so on.
So for all you lovers of black and white and sepia, here we go.
When and where
I made a small selection of what i thought might be the most interesting pictures to look at, there were many others i liked, but i figured i wouldn't inflate SP with old family memories.
Pictures go from 1926 to 1931, and the locations are mostly in the Eastern Alps, Julian And Carnic and in the Dolomites. There are also some from the Western Alps in Val di Susa on the border with France, where apparently my relative did his military service in the Alpini in 1927.
You will find what information i could find about each photo by clicking on it.
Military service in the Western Alps: 1927
A view on Val di Susa
Rocciamelone, the highest peak in the area.
Monte Chaberton, while marching in winter
Preparing to ski tour up to Frejus...
... and descending from it.
The town of Cesana
Mount Chaberton... Again
Alpini officers relaxing and having a good time during winter camp
The sun rising over Cesana
Eastern Alps: various dates, from 1928 to 1931
Summit of Matajur
Sernio, in the Carnic Alps
Another view of Krn
Mangart and Jalovec
Proud young men on Grintovec
Up To Matajur, skitouring
Dante's cave, near Tolmin
Tofane di Rozes
Sasso di Stria
Cortina and the Cristallo
Cimon della Pala
I wasn't able to discover where theese two were taken.
The first one is an easier mistery to solve, as it is parto of the vacation to Hochkogel that lasted a week, so it cant be too far from it.
Of the second one i haven't a clue to where it might be.
Any help from Summitposters will be great, plus, you might enjoy the game and learn some new things by trying to solve the misteries.
Here ends theis brief tour in the past, i hope you enjoyed it.
It was an incredible feeling, to gain contact with someone that i never knew existed, to know we share a passion, an eye for the same beautiful things. It was incredible to think nobody saw those smiling faces and that alpine happiness we all know so well for all those years. It was really a great Christmas gift.
Go to your old boxes, into hidden shelves and drawers, you might discover some little treasure of your own, and i'm sure we would all be happy to see them.