Antoine Spinelli (left) with a friend), Ripacandida, Italy circa 1956
The son of a blacksmithing family from southern Italy, Antoine Spinelli immigrated to Canada just after the end of World War II. He was just fifteen years old and worked as a dishwasher in northern mining towns, saving money—which he sent his parents for their eventual trip to Canada. He fought in the Vietnam War in exchange for US citizenship, and after this turned to a vocation better suited to his interests: hair!
Antoine dressing with style while serving in Vietnam 1969
Cesarina Olga Alessandrini. Edmonton, Canada 1968