|Silvio Schiff as a young man|
|Emilia Finzi, wife of Silvio Schiff|
Silvio was married to Emilia Finzi, daughter of Constantino Finzi and his wife Emma Teglio. I believe Constantino Finzi was a coffee wholesaler, born in Ferrara, but whose business was in Genova, home of his wife and her family. I do not know the date of Silvio's marriage, but their son, my grandfather Giulio, was born on 14th August, 1904.
|Emilia with her son, and only child, my grandfather Giulio Cesare|
Emilia died of consumption on 14th November 1911, when my grandfather was just seven years old. It was following this that Silvio moved with his son to Salò, for an unknown reason, and it was my grandfather's primary schoolteacher, Giulia Grana, who became Silvio's second wife, bearing him four children. The eldest, the patriotically named Italia, was born in Salò in 12th December 1915. She was followed by Umberto in 1917, Albino in 1920, and Gino in 1926.
When I visited my grandfather at Peschiera in the summer of 1970 he kindly allowed me to photograph the images that are displayed here. A couple of tiny snapshots showed Silvio and Emilia with an early motor car.
|Silvio Schiff and Emilia; probably in the Royal Park at Monza|
|Emilia with her younger sister Elsa|
I always imagined that these were posed photographs, possibly with a hired car, but I have just discovered that I am wrong. Throughout 1907 a series of advertisements were placed in the sports supplement of the Turin newspaper 'La Stampa' which show that Silvio was not only qualified as an engineer, but that he was the agent for Italy for a firm of French car manufacturers.