Spazio Filatelia, the area devoted to philately at Milan’s central location of Poste Italiane, hosted the final ceremony of the second edition of the “Giovanni Riggi di Numana” Award. This award, jointly set up by the Khouzam Foundation (in memory of Giorgio Khouzam, past president of the Federation of the Italian Philatelic Societies) and the Association of Collectors of Ordinary Stamps (CIFO), aims at promoting and stimulating studies concerning philately and postal history through a dissertation for a Master’s degree. On 14 October, the € 3,000.00 fellowship prize was presented to Dr Lucia Rusin of Fiumicello Villa Vicentina (Udine), who had received a Master’s Degree in Science for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the faculty of the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna with a dissertation on “The Origin of the Kingdom of Italy from the first postage stamps”. Her work deals with the study of the first stamps of the Old Italian States, analysed through X-ray refractometric techniques, UV and Mass Chromatographic, fluorescence, UV spectrophotometry and Visible, as well as chemometric studies of its components such as dyes, binders and paper.
Photo: Claudio Ernesto Manzati (who started the initiative), Aniello Veneri (CIFO President), Lucia Rusin, and Giorgio Migliavacca (vice president of the Italian Academy of Philately and Postal History).