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The November-December issue of Topical Time was mailed on November 12. 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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Cover of the November-December 2015 edition of Topical Time. Click the cover for an enlarged image.

This oversized Fleetwood cover has a block of four stamps that were issued in 1947 to mark the centenary (100 years) of the first U.S. postage stamps. Some of the ways the mail has been delivered over time are pictured on the cover. Discover more about "Moving the Mail" in the fall edition of Topical Tidbits. Click on the image for an enlarged view.

ATA Membership Directory 2015-2017 is now available.


Topical Time Nov-Dec 2015 issue posted
Nov-Dec pdf version

The ATA journal, Topical Time, Electronic version has been posted. Members should consult their "Because You Belong" email for the password. ATA members should watch their email in-boxes (and spam/junk folders) no later than Dec. 1 for a special message about logging in to a new members-only website.

Press Release: Free Holiday Checklist
Charles M Schulz

The American Topical Association has just the thing to put you in the holiday spirit: a free checklist. This year’s topic is indeed jolly, as the checklist of stamps and related items features the characters of Charles M. Schultz.

The list includes 68 stamp items, plus 34 postmarks, cinderellas, etc. The checklist will be updated as new information becomes available. It can be downloaded free through the end of December. A free print copy of the three-page list will be mailed when an addressed, stamped envelope is received by ATA, PO BOX 8, CARTERVILLE, IL 62918-0008. Read the full press release. Download the checklist: PDF or Excel.

Fall Edition of Topical Tidbits
Moving the Mail

Have you ever wondered how the mail was sent from one town to another? In the past, it could take weeks or even months for a letter to reach its destination. Today, most letters only take a day or two. Learn more about methods of mail delivery and creation of the zip code in the fall edition of Topical Tidbits.

Call for Nominations: DTP 2016

The ATA is now accepting nominations for its highest award:  Distinguished Topical Philatelist. This very special honor is bestowed upon a person who has made significant contributions to topical philately and the ATA in particular.  The award will be presented at the ATA Annual Meeting on June 3, 2016, at World Stamp Show—NY 2016. Individuals, study units, and chapters may send nominations. The letter of nomination should detail the person’s contribution to philately - in particular, topical philately. A list of past winners is posted here. Send nominations to Donald W. Smith, PO Box 576, Johnstown, PA, 15907-0576. Deadline for nominating letters is Dec. 31, 2015. Read the full press release

"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.

New Checklist Update

The August 2015 checklist updates contain 18,200 items more than the last updates that were posted in June. Our checklist coordinators have been very busy! There are five new checklists:  Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis I, Barack Obama, Figure Skating and Speed Skating. 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, americantopical@msn.com, for information. Click here to view updated checklists.

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