PHOTOGRAPHS OF SALESIAN INSTITUTE - BENITO MUSSOLINI'S SCHOOL.
Ten 7 X 9 silver print photographs (probably press photographs) of the Salesian Institute. The photos are not uniform, but cropped in slightly different ways and sizes. All but one of the photographs has a typed label on the verso. They are not dated but appear to be from the 1920's or 30's. The labels read as follows: One of the class rooms at the Salesian Institute; Gymnasium Salesian Institute; Dining Room of Salesian Institute.First and Second Class. The third class where Mussolini ate had only rough uncovered tables. It has since been abolished; Another view of the playgrounds at the Salesian playgrounds where Mussolini dominated the games and his schoolmates; Billiard and Recreation Room Salesian Institute; The present staff of Salesian Institute; Salesian Institute. Library and Office; The "Parlatorio" or Reception Room where little Benito's mother pleaded against his expulsion; A Graduating Class of the Salesian Institute. Showing uniforms worn by the boys. Benito's picture appears on no graduating class as he only stayed 18 months. (Item ID: 3139)
As a compromise between Benito Mussolini's atheist, socialist father and his devout Roman Catholic mother, Benito as a young boy was sent to a school run by Salesian monks. He was, however, expelled for behavioral problems which included throwing stones at the congregation after mass, throwing an ink pot at a teacher, and stabbing another student in the hand. He was subsequently sent to another school, where he did well both academically and socially.