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What's New?

The Mar/Apr 2018 issue of Topical Time will be mailed in mid- March.

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

The American Topical
Association is an IRS
501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization. Donations
are fully tax deductible
under the US IRS Code,
and are greatly appreciated

Cover of the Mar/Apr 2018 edition of Topical Time (issue scheduled for mailing to members in mid-March). Click the cover for an enlarged image.

Check out the Winter 2018 edition of Topical Tidbits on the Arctic.

  2017 Ecclipse Cachet  

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.

The ATA Mourns the passing of Jerome Husak

Jerome D. Husak, visionary founder of the American Topical Association (ATA), the second largest philatelic organization in the US, died on February 22. He was 86.

Please read our news release by clicking here.

Latest Checklist Update

April's checklist updates are now posted on our Checklist page. We now have a total of 694,874 listings in our checklist dATAbase. A delicious new list appears this month: Cupcakes!

Check out your favorite topics to see how much they've grown!

Our complete listing of checklists is available on the Checklist page.

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 8.5x11" print and DVD formats 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 included. The DVD is in printable .pdf format with checklist appendices also in Excel.

The hardbound printed handbook is $65, or $60 for ATA members, plus $4 postage in the U.S., $26 postage to Canada, or $37 postage elsewhere. 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 USA,

Winter 2018 Edition of Topical Tidbits
The Arctic

Wrap up warmly. We are off to explore the Arctic- one of the coldest places on Earth! Learn all about this fascinating place in this issue of Topical Tidbits.
Click here to view the Winter 2018 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

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.