The volume Simon Taxis and the Posts of the State of Milan During the Renaissance by Giorgio Migliavacca and Tarcisio Bottani has won a Gold Medal at the American Philatelic Society StampShow held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Centre in the heart of Pittsburgh, 6-9 August.
The APS StampShow 2009 was the largest philatelic event in the USA this year. The show featured 14,400 pages of exhibits, including the Grand-Award winners from 30 national level World Series of Philately shows. From these the jury selected the Champion of Champions - a once in a lifetime honour for the finest in philately.
Over 150 dealers were in attendance, and tens of thousands visited the show during the four-day event.
This was the first time the Migliavacca-Bottani book has participated at a competitive level in Literature Class at a National stamp show.
Dr. Migliavacca is the president of the BVI Philatelic Society. His book was published last year by the by the Taxis Museum at Cornello, Bergamo, Italy.
Simon Taxis was instrumental in modernizing the European posts in the 1500s and making them accessible for the first time to the general public. In turn this led to the creation of a state monopoly of the postal service. The strength of his service was an unprecedented speed of delivery, a speed that would remain unchallenged until the advent of the train three hundred years later.