The Italian Association of Postal History (AISP) once again organised its yearly members’ meeting and exchange of Season greetings.
On Saturday, 16 December, the event was accompanied by an important seminar, which emphasised the collaboration with the Real Academia Hispanica de Filatelia e Historia Postal (RAHPEHP). Four papers were presented, respectively by Giacomo Bottacchi on ‘The precursors of Italian postage stamps – types and uses of Sardinia labels mod. 200 bis’; David González Corchado on ‘The major Postal services of Spain and the postal services of Habsburg dynasty in Italy (1505-1716)’; Michele Passoni on ‘Papal States: postal privatisation, smuggling and finding of letters’; José Antonio Herráiz on ‘Against the plague, prayers and more… – Rules for the disinfection of correspondence in Spain during the Marseilles plague of 1720 and postal consequences on foreign correspondence’.
In his short speech, FEPA Vice President Giancarlo Morolli, honorary AISP member and corresponding academician of RAHPEHP, emphasised the importance of these supranational collaborations, while AISP President Luca Lavagnino proposed the intensification of relations with Spanish friends soon.