A few about the AIDAFlash Magazine

The origins

As recalled by Giorgio Barberis, in the number 150, AIDAFlash idea came from that inveterate journalist who was his father, Nino Barberis, and the name of the magazine also came from him, which was to give the idea of transmitting short news to the Members of the time (there were between 150 and 180) with whom, since there was still no Internet, there was no other way to communicate than by post.

Logo. The graphic logo creation, still used today, was by Aldo Alonge, who was very skilled in the sector. Giorgio Barberis was the Secretary at the time and he was also entrusted with the role of “editor”. The printer (or rather the copy shop) to print it was found by Aldo Alonge and it was the one where he used, for photocopies and circulars, for the publishing company he owned.

Paper and print. Paper was another problem. We started with a stock of the “legal” American format that Alonge had in stock and which, being at no cost, was welcome, given that what was being started was entirely experimental and subject to predictable evolutions. After some numbers, once the initial paper was finished, the copy shop informed us that it had difficulty in obtaining that size, since in Italy the UNI A4 format was by now standardized. It was a game to switch to the standard A4 and that’s why after the first 4 or 5 numbers, the format changed.
The initial printing method was the mimeograph, with nice matrices to be typed.

Contents and editing. Obviously the contents of the newsletter ranged from social communications, to the new events scheduled to the report of those just held, in order to maintain a constant link between the Members, so scattered both on the national territory and abroad, even in the absence of events that allowed to meet in person.
Aerophilatelic news was found almost everywhere. In the national and foreign press there were often short-titles of a few lines. Then came more consistent collaborations, such as the “Chronicle of the news” of the first Italian postal flights, provided by Paolo Pogliani, which required a lot of attention in typing the relative text (dates, number of pieces transported, details of the aircraft or pilots).
But undoubtedly the person who made a huge contribution in the history of our magazine was Romano Bini, who played with great passion and competence the role of Editor, continuously, from the issue 27 at number 124. From number 125 we moved on to a collegial editorial staff, which has been changing over time, as shown below, as well as the graphics and format.

Editors AIDAFlash

Giorgio BARBERIS001-026
Romano BINI027-124
Romano BINI (Co-editor)Lino LENSI (Co-editor)Roberto GOTTARDI (Co-editor)125-127
Romano BINI (Co-editor)Lino LENSI (Co-editor)Romano SAVINI (Co-editor)Roberto GOTTARDI (Co-editor)128-139
Roberto GOTTARDI (Co-editor)Romano SAVINI (Co-editor)Fiorenzo LONGHI (Co-editor)140-160
Fiorenzo LONGHI (Co-editor)Flavio RICCITELLI (Co-editor)Paolo TONDO (Co-editor)Alessandro TESTA (Layout)DAL 161

From the news to the magazine. The newsletter underwent successive evolutions, passing to the UNI A5 format, obtained by photo-reducing the original pages typed in A4. This allowed to increase the contents, while maintaining a compact format. The subsequent evolutions, up to the current typographic appearance, have gradually improved in the graphics and in the quality of the photos. Over time, its function has also lost its original meaning, to become a real magazine, while still keeping the caption “News of the Italian Aerofilatelia” on the cover. In this regard, it is necessary to recall the important stimulus, including financial, received by the late honorary president Giovanni Merelli, until his death (in January 2013), for the creation of a richer, color magazine having an updated graphical layout and a new format (the current).
Today, as we said, we can speak more concretely about a magazine, taking into account that the news of the aerofilatelic, Italian and international panorama, find a more direct source on the web, but more specifically, for the members, also in the AIDANews newsletter, launched from January 2019 and produced and shipped digitally (apart of few exceptions).