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RARE PHOTO OF BENITO MUSSOLINI WITH ENTOURAGE, early fascist years circa 1929-30

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Original/Reprint: Original Print Framing: Mounted on decorative cardstock board
Listed By: Artist Size Type/Largest Dimension: Large (Greater than 10")
Date of Creation: circa 1929-1930 Region of Origin: Europe
Subject: Military & Political Country of Manufacture: Poland
Color: Black & White Rare Photo of Benito Mussolini: Rare Group Photo Benito Mussolini Fascist Entourag

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 This listing offers one
large group-photo of 16
aspiring fascist europeans
in entourage meeting with
Italy's Duce Benito Mussolini.

This photo is the only original copy in existance,
and it was published the first time in 2007.

The photograph was taken by
Victor Perantoni in the court-yard of
Carlo Perantoni's "Winiarnia Italia Inn"
Wine and Pasta tavern located at
Ulica Sykstuska 29, Lwow Poland
circa 1929-1930 (today is Lviv, Ukraine).
Duce Benito Mussolini is seated 3rd from left.


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Questa fotografia e’ unicamente controversa perche’ tanti diranno che “non sembra Mussolini”. Vittorio Perantoni (nostro padre) e’ il giovanotto in piedi dietro il gruppo, centrato con la bandiera del Fascio. Fu lui a scattare la foto (con l’auto-scatto) e fu lui a raccontare di questa visita del Duce in comitiva di quattordici alla nostra “Vineria Italia” a Leopoli, Polonia.

Questa fotografia e' l'unica coppia originale,
fu mantenuta in buonissime condizioni.
(La prima publicazione fu nell'anno 2007)

Vi invito a vedere certe foto di paragone su questo link ... Poi, se avete il tempo e l'interesse, vi invito a visitare il resto del sito ( ) che contiene tantissime altre informazioni di questa foto, e altre simili cose dell’epoca.   Anche, potete vedere ingrandimenti delle spille del partito fascista sul risvolto di ogni giacca dei sedici fotografati, su questo link:

si trova giù sotto l’inglese.

This photograph defies modern historical accounts of the subject personages.


Victor Perantoni, was an avid photographer who, at age 18, took this photograph of Benito Mussolini with entourage, for his father Carlo (bald man with mustache) sitting third from right in the place of honor next to Italy’s Fascist Duce Benito Mussolini (who is seated third from left).


The photograph is in excellent condition, and it measures approximately 8 ¾ x 6 ⅜ (inches) and it is mounted on a 13 ¼ x 11 ⅛ decorative cardstock, mounted by the original photo atelier “Rembrandt of Lwow” (circa 1929-1930).


BACKGROUND: In the year 1905 grandfather Carlo Perantoni started an Italian wine import-export business, and later he opened a Winery Inn Tavern in the city of Lwow in south eastern Poland, a region which is Ukraine today. It was a well known social Inn frequented by artists, academics, and especially Italian travelers. The tavern was named “Winiarnia Italia”, also known as “Carlo Perantoni's Wine and Pasta Shop.”  In 1920, prior to the fascist period, Carlo was appointed as Honorary Vice Consul for Italian Foreign affairs in South Eastern Poland, by authority of King Victor Emanuel III.


One day in late 1929 (or early 1930) Benito Mussolini visited grandfather's Winery Inn accompanied by an entourage of thirteen aspiring fascists from various regions of Europe. Carlo and Victor served a north Italian pasta lunch to them, and then asked to take this group photo.


Victor arranged the chairs and he lined up the guests. He set his Zeiss-Ikon-Ikonta foldout camera on a tripod, he set the camera on automatic shutter, then he ran behind the group and stood up on a wine box centering himself with Italy's Fascist flag, above the group. Note the "Fascio di Leopoli" banner attached to the flag (higher resolution can be seen at ).  Also, Victor’s mother and aunt appear in the window.


This is the only original photograph in existence.  It has seen light of day only a few times since grandfather Carlo evacuated his family from Poland to Italy in 1939, at the onset of the nazi invasion. Later the Cold War, which followed World War II, prevented our family from returning to Eastern Poland, which had become Soviet Ukraine.  In 1950 Victor took his young family to live 'down under' in Australia, and years later to the United States, therefore this photograph remained packed away in storage for several decades.


The irony is that our family lost a prosperous wine import and tavern business, a retail wine shop, an affluent eight-unit apartment building, and wealthy bank accounts, all because of the later associations of Benito Mussolini who visited the Winiarnia Italia and posed in Victor Perantoni’s photograph.

More details are narrated in our recent book "Arrivederci Leopolis. The Lion's War" published by Amazon.  Other details can be seen at  



The Perantoni family


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from the late 19th century and early 20th century.

This photograph defies modern historical
accounts of the subject personages.


This photograph proves to be historically controversial due to the fact that one of the young fascists in the group, dressed in a light plaid suit, has a marked resemblance to Adolf Hitler, although history notes that Hitler and Mussolini did not meet until nineteen thirty-four, and that was in Venice Italy, not Lwow (Leopolis) Poland.   History books are very specific about that, but this photo, along with the following plausible explanation, questions the accuracy of the historical record.


Hitler had great respect and admiration for Mussolini – Europe’s political superstar of that period – but the respect was not mutual. He also knew that IL Duce was open to meeting with political leaders, and especially young aspiring fascists who were sympathetic to the Blackshirt movement, and he met with them often.  Historical records reveal that Hitler tried more than once to meet with Mussolini formally, and each time he was denied.    But why?  This was definitely out of character for Benito Mussolini who was promoting worldwide fascism.  What could be the reason for Mussolini’s contempt and refusals?  

Well, it may have originated from a possible previous introduction in nineteen twenty-nine at the luncheon in our ‘Winiarnia Italia’ pasta tavern in Lwow Poland (shortly before this group photo was taken), during which IL Duce was annoyed when the young man in the plaid suit spoke proudly about how the Germanic people had not lost the ‘Great War’.  Though granting that the Central Powers had indeed lost the war, he insisted that it was not the fault of the people nor the soldiers of Germany and Austria, and he arrogantly assigned blame to everyone else, while blowing the Germanic trumpet about how the 'Great War' was unjustly lost.  And this in Mussolini’s presence, ignoring altogether that Mussolini himself had served in that war, but on the opposite side!


That incident could be the reason that IL Duce continued to refuse an official meeting with Adolf Hitler.  In her memoirs, Donna Rachele (Mussolini’s wife) wrote that her husband often expressed contempt for Hitler, and that he used to call him “una scimmietta,” a silly little monkey, as in “monkey see, monkey do”. 


But history reports that four years later, in nineteen thirty-three, after his appointment as Chancellor of Germany, Hitler stated: “Now that I’m a 'head-of-state' he’ll have to meet with me.”  But still Mussolini kept him waiting – another eighteen months, until June of ‘thirty-four when he finally agreed to meet the man. However, when they finally met officially – 14 June 1934, as is publicly recorded – it was not in Rome.  Oh, no! That meeting was not to take place at the capitol, in the heart of Italy. Instead, Mussolini met him in Venice, an anteroom to Italy! A city renowned for tourism! And following an unfortunate suggestion made by Ulrich Von Hassel, Germany’s ambassador in Rome, Hitler regrettably arrived dressed in civilian clothes. Standing next to IL Duce who was dressed in full military regalia as the world’s leader of fascism, Hitler indeed looked like a tourist!


However, that meeting was staged with a large military parade to receive worldwide media coverage.  It was for the public!  It was orchestrated to show Fascist Italy’s superiority over Nazi Germany, and IL Duce’s dominance over Hitler ... or maybe his  disdain for him, for that too was noticeable.


History has shown itself to be fallible, and this photograph defies the historical meeting of 14 June 1934.  The above explanation is why we believe that the young fascist in the plaid suit is indeed Adolf Hitler.





Una rara fotografia di BENITO MUSSOLINI con altri (circa anno 1929-1930).
Questa fotografia sfida resoconti storici dei personaggi in soggetto.


Vittorio Perantoni, era un fotografo appassionato che all'età diciotto scattò questa fotografia di Benito Mussolini con entourage, per suo padre Carlo (uomo calvo con baffi) seduto terzo da destra al posto di onore accanto al fascista Duce d’Italia, Benito Mussolini, che è seduto il terzo da sinistra. 


La fotografia è in ottime condizioni, e misura circa 8 ¾ x 6 ⅜ (pollici) ed è montata su cartone decorativo di 13 ¼ x 11 ⅛ pollici, con la timbra dell’atelier "Rembrandt di Lwow" (Leopoli).


BACKGROUND:  Nel 1905 nonno Carlo Perantoni si mise a commerciare vini italiani al Europa Centrale.  Pochi anni dopo aprì una cantina e taverna nella città di Lwow (Leopoli) nella Galizia Polacca, una regione che oggi è Ucraina.  La taverna fu chiamata "Winiarnia Italia", e anche conosciuta per “osteria pasta e vino” di Perantoni.  Era un locale ben noto e frequentato da artisti, accademici, e sempre visitatori italiani.  Nel 1920, Carlo fu nominato come Vice console onorario degli affari d’Italia nella Galizia Polacca, dall'autorità del Re Vittorio Emanuele III, sotto il Consolato Italiano a Varsavia.


Un giorno (circa 1929-1930) Benito Mussolini visitò la taverna del nonno, accompagnato da un entourage di aspiranti fascisti da varie regioni d'Europa.  Carlo e Vittorio servirono un pranzo di pasta e vino, e poi Carlo ha chiesto di fare questa foto in gruppo.


Vittorio preparò le sedie in schierata e mise la sua macchina fotografica in cavalletta treppiede.  Dopo aver sistemato gli ospiti, accese l’autoscatto e corse dietro al gruppo alzandosi su una scatola di vini, centrato con la bandiera del fascio sopra il gruppo.  Si noti il striscione "Fascio di Leopoli" unito alla bandiera (risoluzione maggiore può essere visto a ).  Inoltre, le facce della madre e dalla zia di Vittorio appaiono nella finestra.


Questa fotografia è l’unica originale in esistenza.  Fu tenuta in bauli fin da quando nonno Carlo scappò con la famiglia dalla Polonia all'Italia nel 1939, all'inizio dell'invasione nazista. Sei anni più tardi la guerra fredda, che seguì la seconda guerra mondiale, impedì la famiglia di Carlo Perantoni ritornare in Polonia, terra che ora apparteneva all’Unione Sovietica.  Nel 1950 Vittorio portò la sua giovane famiglia a vivere in Australia, e poi in America, quindi la fotografia rimase in bauli per decenni seguenti.


L'ironia è che la nostra famiglia ha perso un prospero commercio di vini e taverna, assieme ad un agiato condominio di otto appartamenti e ricchi conti bancari, tutto a causa delle successive associazioni di Benito Mussolini, il quale visitò il nostro locale “Winiarnia Italia”, e si mise in fotografia con Carlo e Vittorio Perantoni.

Dettagli si trovano nel nostro libro "Arrivederci Leopolis The Lion’s War" (published by Amazon).
E altri dettagli si trovano anche nel nostro sito



La famiglia Perantoni

Questa fotografia sfida il resoconto storico
dei personaggi in soggetto.


Questa fotografia dimostra di essere storicamente controversa dovuta al fatto che uno dei giovani fascisti nel gruppo, vestito con un abito leggero plaid, ha una marcata somiglianza con Adolf Hitler, sebbene che la storia rapporta che Hitler e Mussolini si incontrarono per la prima volta nel 1934 a Venezia.  I libri di storia sono precisi a tale proposito, ma questa foto, insieme con la seguente spiegazione plausibile, contesta l'accuratezza del record storico.


Hitler teneva grande rispetto e ammirazione per Mussolini – il superstar politico dell'Europa di quel periodo – ma il rispetto non era reciproco.  Egli sapeva anche che il Duce era aperto per incontrarsi con leader fascisti d’Europa, e soprattutto giovani aspiranti fascisti che erano concordi con il movimento delle camice nere, e lui s’incontrava spesso con loro.  Pagine storiche rivelano che Hitler aveva provato molte volte di incontrarsi con Mussolini in formalità, e ogni volta gli è stato negato.  Perché?  Questo fu sicuramente fuori carattere per Benito Mussolini che stava promuovendo il fascismo mondiale. Che cosa sia stato il motivo per tale disprezzo e il rifiuto da parte di Mussolini?

Potrebbe avere origine da un'eventuale introduzione negli anni precedenti (circa 1929) a pranzo nella nostra osteria di pasta e vino “Winiarnia Italia” a Leopoli, nel giorno che Vittorio scattò questa fotografia.   Durante la visita, e dopo pranzo, Mussolini fu seccato quando il giovane nell'abito leggero plaid parlava con orgoglio sul discorso che il popolo germanico non aveva perso la 'grande guerra'.  Anche dopo la sua concessione che le Potenze Centrali avevano, infatti, perso la guerra, lui continuava insistere che non era colpa del popolo né i soldati della Germania e dell'Austria, e assegnò arrogantemente colpa a tutti gli altri, mentre con orgoglio Germanico dichiarava che la 'grande  guerra' fu ingiustamente persa.  


E tutto questo lo diceva nella presenza del Duce d’Italia, continuamente ignorando che lo stesso Mussolini aveva servito in quella guerra, ma sul lato opposto!


L'incidente potrebbe essere stato il motivo che negli anni seguenti Mussolini continuò a rifiutare un incontro ufficiale con Adolf Hitler.  Nel libro delle sue memorie, Donna Rachele (moglie di Mussolini) aveva scritto che il marito spesso esprimeva disprezzo per Hitler, e che aveva l'abitudine di chiamarlo "una scimmietta," una scimmietta sciocca!  


La storia riporta che quattro anni più tardi, dopo la sua nomina a cancelliere della Germania nel 1933, Hitler affermò: “ora che sono un ‘capo di stato’ Mussolini dovrà incontrarsi con me.”  Invece, il Duce lo tenne in attesa altri diciotto mesi, fino al giugno del 1934, quando finalmente egli accettò l’incontro.  Tuttavia, infine quando si sono incontrati ufficialmente – 14 giugno 1934 com’è registrato pubblicamente – non fu a Roma.  No, no! Quell'incontro non doveva aver luogo presso il Campidoglio, nel cuore dell'Italia.  Invece, Mussolini lo incontrò a Venezia, un'anticamera d’Italia! Una città rinomata per turismo! E seguendo uno sfortunato suggerimento fatto dall'ambasciatore tedesco Ulrich Von Hassel, Hitler arrivò vestito in abiti civili.  Accanto al Duce, che come leader mondiale del fascismo era vestito in divisa identificata, Hitler infatti sembrava un turista!


Tuttavia, quell'incontro fu organizzato con una grande parata militare per ricevere pubblicità mondiale.  Una messa in scena per il pubblico, e orchestrata per mostrare la superiorità dell'Italia fascista sopra la Germania nazista, e la dominanza del Duce d'Italia sopra Hitler ... Forse anche suo disdegno per lui, che pure era percettibile.


Molte volte fatti storici dimostrarono di essere fallibile, e questa fotografia sfida lo storico incontro del 14 giugno 1934.  La spiegazione citata qui sopra dichiara la nostra convinzione che il giovane fascista del vestito tartan, infatti, è Adolf Hitler.



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