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The July/August issue of Topical Time should be mailed on August 5. and domestic members should receive it by August 15. Please access the Electronic Topical Time via the link above using the password emailed to you. Please keep the ATA Office supplied with your current email address.

Excerpts from NTSS 2013 exhibits are now available for viewing on the exhibiting page.

New Membership Incentives

July/August Topical Time
Cover of the new July/August edition of Topical Time.

Topical Time Archive
Cover of the new digital archive of all Topical Time issues from 1949 through 2013. Read more...

Topical Tidbits July / Aug 2014
Have fun with the “It’s Your Zoo” activity on pages 4-6. When it’s completed, send in a photo by September 30, 2014 and receive a philatelic prize.

2014 DTP Winner Jack Deny
Jack André Denys, 2014 Distinguished Topical Philatelist.

This Month's Checklist Update

The number of listings in the checklist database is now 602,981! There were 8,812 entries added between late July and late August. New checklists added: Climate Change (152 items) and Weather Vanes (52 items).
Click here
to view updated checklists.

Press Release - Nominations Sought for ATA Distinguished Topical Philatelist
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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 American Topical Association Distinguished Topical Philatelist (DTP) Award.  ATA is the world's largest organization for thematic philatelists.

The DTP Award is the highest honor given by the ATA and will be presented at the 2015 National Topical Stamp Show in Portland, Oregon, July 31-Aug. 2, 2015.

The Distinguished Topical Philatelist designation is awarded for notable service to topical philately in general and to the ATA in particular. It was established in 1952 by ATA Founder Jerome (Jerry) Husak and has been presented to 116 individuals since its inception. Recipients have included residents of the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Italy. A complete list of past winners is found at Read more...

Electronic Topical Time - July/August Correction

One of the links sent out in yesterdays BYB email to access the latest version of ETT was incorrect. The link should be:
We apologize for any iconvenience caused.

Electronic Topical Time - July/August Edition

The July/August edition of Electronic Topical Time can now be accessed online by clicking here or the link at the left of the page.

Topical Time Digital Archive Now Available
pdf version
The American Topical Association (ATA) has released a complete digital archive of all Topical Time issues from 1949 through 2013. It contains 382 issues of the thematic journal, totaling ~34,272 pages, in an electronically searchable .pdf format. The Archive is housed in a 16 Gb water-style flash drive the size of a credit card. It plugs into USB ports in both PC and Apple computing devices. Read more...

July-August 2014 Topical Tidbits

The word "zoo" is short for zoological park/garden. The term "zoological" refers to "zoology" which is the study of animals. The word "zoo" was first used for the London Zoological Gardens, which opened for scientific study in 1828 and then to the public in 1847. There are now over 1,000 zoos around the world.
Have fun with the “It’s Your Zoo” activity on pages 4-6. When it’s completed, send in a photo by September 30, 2014 and receive a philatelic prize. Download the July-August issue now.

NTSS Palmares 2014

The American Topical Association has announced its Palmares for NTSS 2014, held June 27-29 in St. Louis. Click here to read about the winning exhibits and their creators.

ATA Launches Stamp Checklist Database

The American Topical Association has announced the launching of the biggest benefit to stamp collectors in its 65-year history. A five-year undertaking has resulted in doubling the number of its topical checklists to nearly 1200. The lists are being produced from a regularly updated database.

Already the world's leading supplier of topical stamp checklists, the ATA is making the lists available to members from a new database containing almost 400,000 stamps and 578,502 topical listings.

Creating, merging and updating the listings have been the tasks of committed volunteer Karen Cartier, with technical assistance from her son, Michael. The project included adding topical listings from almost every page of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, as well as all new issues. Read more...

Jack André Denys Receives Highest ATA Award

Jack André Denys has been selected to receive the American Topical Association's highest award, at its 65th annual show in St. Louis, June 27-29. The Distinguished Topical Philatelist award will be presented to Denys, who has served as president since 2008, the longest of any president.

Jack is a life-long philatelist, who has shown leadership and vision in his role as ATA president.  The ATA has enjoyed a membership increase the last three years.  The TopicalsOnLine website for buying and selling topical stamps, electronic and archive versions of Topical Time and a comprehensive checklist database of topical stamps are among the major accomplishments during his tenure. Read more...

Press release - ATA's TopicalsOnline Website

Topical stamp collectors have a new website that makes it easy to purchase stamps by topic.

The American Topical Association (ATA) has launched, which offers stamps for more than 600 topics.

Topics, from airplanes to zebras, represent a popular, growing area of philately, according to ATA president Jack André Denys.  "This new website provides an easy and affordable way to purchase topical stamps."

Anyone can make purchases on the easy-to-navigate website. ATA members receive a 10 percent discount, and the ATA earns 10 percent of purchases.  Only ATA members can sell on the site.  Read more...

Announcing: Electronic Topical Time (ETT)

All ATA members can now access the electronic version of our journal from the this internet site. To view the Jan-Feb 2014 issue, and all 2013 issues of Topical Time, CLICK HERE.