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The Sept/Oct issue of Topical Time was mailed on Oct 5. 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 NTSS 2014 exhibits are now available for viewing on the exhibiting page.

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An example from the free Candy on Stamps checklist available this holiday season. Click here to download the list.

Discover "France" in the fall edition of
Topical Tidbits.

Cover of the Sept/Oct 2016 edition of Topical Time. Click the cover for an enlarged image.

Hawaii Topical Tidbits
Discover "Hawaii" in the summer edition of Topical Tidbits.

Robert E. Lamb, 2016 Distinguished Topical Philatelis
Robert E Lamb,
2016 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Discover "The Statue of Liberty" in the spring edition of Topical Tidbits.

Discover "Dragons" in the winter edition of Topical Tidbits. If you would like to learn more about dragons in literature, visit the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library and watch their video "Dragon Lore on Stamps." 

ATA Membership Directory 2015-2017 is now available.


Free Holiday Checklist
ATA's annual holiday gift to the philatelic community is a free checklist. The 2016 holiday checklist highlights the topic of Candy on Stamps. It was produced from information in the ATA Checklist dATAbase created by member Karen Cartier and maintained by checklist coordinator Tom Stillman. Gary Goodman supplied additional items for the list. The free holiday checklist will be available until Dec. 31, 2016Click here for information about this free list and other ATA checklists.

New Checklist Update

The November 2016 checklist updates, including the October Linn's new issue listings, contain more than 500 added items. If you don't find your topic listed, ATA can customize a checklist for you. Contact the ATA Office,, for information. Click here to view updated checklists.

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.

Fall 2016 Edition of Topical Tidbits

Bonjour! Travel to beautiful France in this issue of Topical Tidbits. Learn fun facts about the country, its people and landmarks. You can also try your hand at reading French because this issue is written in both English and French. After playing the bingo game, head over to the youth page at for more fun and games with a French twist.  Click here to view the France edition.

Summer 2016 Edition of Topical Tidbits

Aloha! Have fun learning about our 50th state, Hawaii. In this issue you can design your own Hawaiian shirt, pretend to be a missionary, and learn all kinds of interesting facts about Hawaii. Click here to view the Hawaii edition.

Robert E Lamb Selected 2016
ATA Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Career diplomat and organizational leader in philately, Robert E. Lamb of State College, Pennsylvania, has been selected as 2016 American Topical Association (ATA) Distinguished Philatelist, according to DTP committee chair Donald W. Smith. The award will be presented to Bob Lamb at the ATA Annual Meeting at 1 p.m. on June 3, 2016, in Room 1E06 of the Javits Center during World Stamp Show NY2016 in New York City.

Bob Lamb started collecting stamps in the fifth grade, and by the time he was in high school, he was an enthusiastic collector. In 1962, he graduated with a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His collecting interests grew over the course of a 32-year career in the United States Foreign Service. He served as United States Assistant Secretary of State for Administration from 1983 to 1985 and then as Assistant Secretary of State of Diplomatic Security from 1987 to 1989. Bob moved into the area of organized philately as a member of the American Philatelic Society’s Board of Vice Presidents in 1989. However, he had to resign the APS position when appointed U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus from 1990 to 1993. Read more...

Winter & Spring 2016 Editions of Topical Tidbits
The Statue of Liberty

Stories and legends about dragons have been around for thousands of years. Have fun exploring this issue and learning about dragons. If you would like to learn more about dragons in literature, visit the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library and watch their video "Dragon Lore on Stamps." Click here for the Dragons Topical Tidbits.

The Statue of Liberty is an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy. Learn all about this famous statue that sits in New York Harbor in this issue.
Click here for The Statue of Liberty Topical Tidbits.  

New Members-Only Website Released

The ATA is pleased to announce the release of its new members-only website, Members should consult their December 3, "Because You Belong" email for their username, temporary password and instructions for logging into the site. If you don't find it in your email inbox, please check your spam/junk folder.

The new website contains all 2016-2013 Topical Time issues in page turning format, with PDF versions coming soon. Members can also renew their membership by clickiing the Join/Renew link at the top. We hope that our members will find this new resource useful, and visit it regularly as we add new features!

"Under The Big Top" Video

The ATA and the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library have partnered to produce a 17-minute video highlighting stamps related to the circus. The video was based on a philatelic exhibit featuring the circus prepared by the late Roland Essig. It can be viewed or downloaded free here. This video would make an excellent program for your stamp club, youth group or even a civic or community group. Roland left his philatelic estate to the ATA and we are pleased to help promote his topical legacy. Watch for more partnership videos between ATA and the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library in the future.

NTSS 2015 Exhibit Winners

Pages from the top exhibiting winners at NTSS 2015 are now posted. The winners are:
Grand Award (and Best Display Division Award), Larry Davidson for Beavers: Nature's Engineers
Reserve Grand Award, Anthony S. Wawrukiewicz for The Sun, Myth, Science, Effects, Culture
Mary Ann Owens One-Frame Grand Award, Fran Adams for The Charter of the United Nations: A Document for World Peace - San Francisco 1945
Most Popular Exhibit, Jean C. Stout for A Celebration of The Cockroach
The complete Palmares for NTSS 2015 are posted on the NTSS page.

Palmares - NTSS 2015

Palmares for National Topical Stamp Show 2015 have been released. Click the following links to view results or visit the NTSS page.
Exhibit Palmares

Literature Competition Palmares