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The Nov/Dec issue of Topical Time will be mailed on October 31. Domestic members can expect to receive it within 9 business days after mailing. Please keep the ATA Office supplied with your current email address.

Excerpts from past NTSS exhibits are now available for viewing on the exhibiting page.

New Membership Incentives

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organization. Donations
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under the US IRS Code,
and are greatly appreciated

Cover of the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of Topical Time. Click the cover for an enlarged image.

The 2017 holiday checklist highlights the topic of Ghosts on stamps. The free holiday checklist will be available until Dec. 31, 2017. Click here for the free list.

Check out the Summer edition of Topical Tidbits on Canada.

2017 Ecclipse Cachet 2017 Great American Eclipse Cachet produced by the ATA. Click the cachets above for an enlarged version.

NEW! Basic Guide to Topical Stamp
Collecting -PDF or doc

Support the ATA on Amazon Shop on Amazon and support the ATA at the same time.

Space Weather Handbook DVD Released by ATA

Solar storms that cause bright auroras can also affect people and technology in space and on Earth. The development of the scientific understanding of that Sun-Earth relationship is examined in Space Weather—A Philatelic Journey, a new philatelic handbook published in DVD format by the American Topical Association.

Written by meteorologists Garry Toth and Don Hillger, it contains descriptive text, stamp and cover images, and an extensive and up-to-date checklist. More than 200 pages of detailed information are in .pdf format. The checklist appendices in Excel format are also included.

The DVD is $35, or $30 for ATA members, plus $1.50 postage in the U.S. and Canada, or $3 elsewhere. Order from American Topical Association, PO Box 8, Carterville, IL 62918-0008, Preorders will be taken for a printed book version until Mar. 31, 2018.

FREE Holiday Checklist

ATA's annual holiday gift to the philatelic community is a free checklist. The 2017 holiday checklist highlights the topic of Ghosts on stamps. The free holiday checklist will be available until Dec. 31, 2017. Click here for the free list:

New Checklist Update

The November 2017 checklist updates, including the recent Linn's new issue listings, contains 9,335 items added since the last list was posted in August. Check out your favorite topics to see how much they've grown! If you don't find your topic listed, ATA can customize a checklist for you. Contact the ATA Office,, for information. Visit the Checklist page

Checklists marked with an asterisk(*) in the ATA listings contain Beyond the Catalogue (BTC) items: Basic types of common philatelic items issued by governments but not usually listed in Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, e.g., booklet covers, meter stamps, postal cards, postal stationery, postmarks. These items can add special meaning to a collection or an exhibit--and often their existence is unknown to a collector. ATA checklists are one of the few sources of this type of information.

Call for Nominations:
2018 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

The American Topical Association is now accepting nominations for its highest award, Distinguished Topical Philatelist. This honor is given to a person who has made significant contributions to topical philately and the ATA in particular.

The award will be presented at the joint APS StampShow/National Topical Stamp Show in Columbus, Ohio, August 9-12. Individuals, as well as ATA study units and chapters, may send nominations.The letter of nomination should describe the person’s contribution to topical philately and the ATA.

The award was established by ATA founder Jerry Husak in 1952. Since then, 119 people have received the honor. All past recipients are listed at:

Send nominations to Jean Stout, PO Box 98174, Jackson, MS 39298-8174.. Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2017. Read more about the DTP

Summer 2017 Edition of Topical Tidbits

So, you think know everything about Canada? Hopefully, after reading this issue of Topical Tidbits, you will learn a few new things.
Click here to view the Summer edition. Enjoy!

Great American Eclipse Cachet

ATA released a cacheted envelope for the Great American Eclipse on August 21, which moved from across the US from Oregon to South Carolina.  The ATA Office is "next door" to Carbondale, Illinois, the site of the longest eclipse duration, and also is in the totality path of the April 8, 2024, eclipse moving from Texas to Maine and beyond.  The ATA cachet was designed by Amanda Morgenstern of Morgenstern Design, our "house" designer.  An informational card will be included in the cacheted cover.  It is available in these formats:

Cost is:
• $4.50 - Eclipse stamp, large cancel
• $5.50 - Moon Forever stamp, small cancel
• $6.50 - Combo cachet: both stamps, both cancels
• $2.00 - Solar glasses with logo matching postmarks (after-eclipse price)

Order from:  ATA Office, PO Box 8, Carterville, IL 62918-0008
Or email:
Payment by check or by PayPal to

APS and ATA Will Join Forces at 2018 StampShow
The Societies will Co-Host the National Exhibition in Columbus, Ohio

The American Philatelic Society and the American Topical Association will co-host next summer’s large national philatelic show scheduled for Columbus, Ohio.

Leaders of the APS and ATA made that announcement Friday, June 23, at the ATA National Topical Stamp Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“The 2018 show in Columbus just got even more exciting,” said Scott English, Executive Director of the American Philatelic Society, “The partnership between the APS and the ATA gets stronger every day and together we’re going to have a ‘can’t miss’ stamp show.” Read more...

Topical Tuesday! Are you Ready?!?

Get your BEST Topicals Ready… for TOPICAL TUESDAY!
Every Tuesday on the ATA Facebook page only, upload your best Topical with story/explanation of why it’s special and WIN ATA goods! Winners will be chosen by webmaster Amanda Morgenstern. Winner will receive the prize of the week and a place in the “2017 Best of Topicals” publication at the end of the year. Click here for the ATA Facebook page.

Next Tuesday's prize is… a full column ad on the ATA Advertisers page here: and on the Topical Time webpage here: A VALUE OF $40.00!!

Further Rules: 
1. One entry per person per week. 
2. Individual must be an ATA member.
3. Entries only accepted 12am-12pm Central on Tuesdays.
4. Winners will be announced on Thursday mornings via the ATA Facebook page. GOOD LUCK!!

AmazonSmile and ATA
Click here to shop Amazon and Support the ATA
If you are an shopper, there is a simple way to support ATA, at no cost to you. Instead of logging into, go to On your first visit, specify American Topical Association as your preferred charity. Each purchase you make benefits ATA. Read on for details.
How does AmazonSmile work?
When you shop at, you’ll see the same products as on The difference is that Amazon will contribute to ATA 0.5% of the purchase price. You help ATA, without spending any additional money.
Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on and Your shopping cart, wish list and other account settings are also the same.
It’s important to bookmark, so you remember to go there, instead of Once you’ve specified ATA as your charity, Amazon will remember your selection, and every purchase will result in a donation.
The donations that go to ATA are not tax deductible by you, as they are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation. But, this is a great way to help ATA while doing your holiday shopping.