In recent months, the site of the Istituto di studi storici postali “Aldo Cecchi” odv in Prato has been further implemented with documentation on the Italian postal administration from 1861 onwards. Almost 6,000 files (images or pdf documents totalling over 60 gigabytes) are freely downloadable. Users can obtain, for example, old official or specialised magazines referring to the postal sector without moving from their desks or paying anything. They must reach the address www.issp.po.it and select the ‘Sources and Resources’ section. Here, they can browse the repertoires of the Institute’s library and newspaper library and the documents and printed publications of the Italian postal administration.
“By examining the material arranged and classified by ISSP Board member Giorgio Chianetta and ISSP member Beniamino Bordoni, one can find a wealth of information”, confirms ISSP director Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi. It ranges from the organisation of personnel to the movement of the offices, from technological insights into radio-telegraphic transmissions to postal buildings and news about the post employees’ after-work activities — one part of the archive concerns vintage philatelic magazines. Everyone will indeed find ample material for their research.