A very important date for AIDA was June 10, 1971, when the “Day of Aerophilatelia” began, which took place for the first time in Sesto Calende and thereafter continued annually in various Italian cities, winding throughout the peninsula, often in collaboration with local philatelic circles.
The aim was and still is to meet among the members and allow each one to exhibit their beautiful collection, so as to be able to appreciate and share their contents, without the constraints of the regulations of the competing exhibitions. The “Day” was therefore for many also a kind of training ground, before entering the world of exhibitions at a competitive level.
In fact, the day of aerophilathelia has always used the formula of the non-competitive event, with a free scheme, which does not include prizes, if not possibly a participation diploma, in memory of the event. Therefore, an opportunity for members to develop their studies without the rigid regulatory schemes, but also for those who, intending to try their hand at competitive events, want to gain a useful experience, possibly taking the opportunity to receive useful advice from members more experienced.
During these events, which often saw the presence of international exhibitors, a separate post office has always been organized by Poste Italiane and the special cancellation celebrating the event, specially prepared by the Association and dedicated to events or anniversaries in the aeronautical field, has always been used. In some cases, the exhibition event was also accompanied by the preparation of postal dispatches and the organization of special flights with transport of correspondence.
Finally, as per established practice, our association always relies on a local philatelic club, well rooted in the territory, to organize this event. And there were many philatelic circles involved, from every part of Italy, from North to South.
Below is a detailed list of all the “days”, which except for very few interruptions, such as that of 2020, due to the pandemic, have taken place continuously from 1971 until today. And as you can see, the next edition of the “Giornata dell’Aeropilatelia”, to be held in Lavagna (GE), will be the fiftieth and will be worthily celebrated.
|1||1971||June, 10th||SESTO CALENDE|
|7||1976||October, 19th||MILANO “Italia 76”|
|27||1996||October, 20th||FIORENZUOLA D’ARDA|
|30||1998||October, 25th||MILANO “Italia 98”|
|31||1999||June, 20th||CAVENAGO BRIANZA|
|32||2000||May, 14th||AGRATE BRIANZA|
Let’s scroll back in time the experiences lived, starting from 2019, highlighting for each “Day”, everything organized and prepared (postcards, cancellations, unique numbers, collections on display) on the occasion of each of them.