Saul Daniel Modiano

Dear […][Ettore Modiano],

with the death of your illustrious father, the commendable Commendatore Saul D. Modiano, a personality everybody appreciated and loved for his distinguished qualities of citizen and patriot, in which, furthermore, so brightly shone the beautiful traditions of good judgment and industriousness so typical of our Trieste, disappeared from our city’s life.

On behalf of myself and of the entire City council, I extend to you our deepest and most sincere condolences for the passing of such a distinguished fellow citizen who, after having honored his beloved Trieste with his noble work during his long, industrious life, wanted in his death to so munificently remember its needs and its humanitarian institutions.

I also have the honour to inform you that the City council in its entirety determined to attend the funeral of the dear departed fellow citizen, carrying the City banner.

On this occasion, please accept, dear Sir, the expression of my highest consideration.


The mayor: dr. Pitacco


[«Il Piccolo», May 20th, 1922]


Saul Modiano was born in 1840 in Thessaloniki, then-Ottoman Greece, but moved to Trieste in his twenties. In the early 1870s he took advantage of a high demand for rolling paper to successfully start producing his own.

From there his activity widened to graphic design and advertisement printing, eventually expanding to what would eventually become the flagship of the “Saul D. Modiano” firm: the playing cards that still make his name well known in Italy and all across the world.

Saul Modiano was an Italian citizen, and close to the Irredentist milieu. Thus, once the war broke out, he moved to Bologna, Italy, eventually returning to Trieste after the end of hostilities. Here he died in 1922, remembered and celebrated as an industrialist and patriot.

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Saul D. Modiano’s funeral procession travelling through via dell’Istituto (present day via Pascoli), Trieste – Courtesy of Archivio Storico Modiano.
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