Fabulous, rare, real photo Italian postcard of a military officer jumping a huge 7 foot high natural oxer. Gorgeous horse! The front states: Vissuto m. 2, 15. I believe this refers to the height of the jump: 2.15 meters which is 7 feet. The verso is marked C. F. 12003 in the lower left corner - I am not sure what this refers to. The left side of the verso is marked: Prop. ris. Ditta M. Vignetta (Da Fot. Alifredi e Taverea): Prop. res. M. Vignetta Company - Pinerolo (From Photo. Alifredi and Taverea). Pinerolo is a town and commune in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont, northwestern Italy. Alifredi & Tavera was a photographic studio active in Pinerolo in the early twentieth century. The card was posted 27, August 1914 with a 10 centime King Victor Emmanuel III stamp. This claret colored stamp is normal sized, typographed, perforated 14, watermarked Crown and was released in 1906. Except for the stain on the left side of the verso, the card is in very good antique condition with minor corner bumping.
Stamps of Italy: Definitives of 1901-1927
From Stamp Collecting World Website
Vittorio Emanuele ascended to the throne on July 29,1900, at the age of 30, as King Victor Emmanuel III, following the assassination of his father, King Umberto I.
During his 46 year reign, Italy became involved in two World Wars. His reign also encompassed the birth, rise, and fall of Italian Fascism under Benito Mussolini. Unfortunately, these events would be the death-knell of the Italian constitutional monarchy.
After the end of World War II, the Italian people had become tired of the monarchy. and popular support for a republic was growing. In an effort to save the monarchy, King Victor Emmanuel III abdicated on May 9, 1946, and he was succeeded by his 42 year old son. King Victor Emmanuel III went into exile in Egypt, where he died on December 28, 1947.
His son ascended to the throne as King Umberto II on May 9, 1946. About a month after his accession, a referendum was held in which the Italian voters decided to abolish the monarchy and to establish a parliamentary republic. King Umberto II then went into exile in Portugal, where he died in 1983.
Italian, real photo postcard of military officer jumping 7 foot oxer posted 1914