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The May/June issue of Topical Time was mailed on May 1. 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.

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Vera Felts
2017 DTP Award winner, ATA Executive Director, Vera Felts.

So, you think know everything about Disney? Check it out in the Spring edition of Topical Tidbits.

Cover of the Mar/Apr 2017 edition of Topical Time. Click the cover for an enlarged image.

Brewing Up Topicals
Brewing Up Topicals NTSS 2017 event postcards. Click on the images above for an enlarged version.

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

NTSS 2017 event postcards. Click on the images above for an enlarged version.

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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!!

Topical Show Headed to Milwaukee

This year’s National Topical Stamp Show, a WSP show sponsored by the American Topical Association, will be June 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. Show hours are 10-6 Friday and Saturday, and 10-3 Sunday. The hotel has free parking and airport shuttle; admission of $5 covers all three days.

The ATA show has attracted dealers from throughout the U.S., with topicals, as well as countries, covers, revenues, cinderellas, ephemera, etc. The show is unique, in that all exhibits must be thematically treated; that is, they tell a story. They tend to be creative exhibits that make for enjoyable reading.

A highlight of this year’s show will be keynote speakers.  Barry Stagg, chair of the British Thematic Association, will speak on topical/thematic collecting and exhibiting in the U.K., and will also show images of creative collections/exhibits, including his own large gold award winner on parachuting. Accomplished exhibitor Jack Congrove will give a much-requested program on making album and exhibit pages on the computer. Genealogist Norma Nielson will speak on “Using Genealogical Resources for Philatelic Research.” There will be a reception and program on thematic exhibiting pioneer, Mary Ann Owens, by ATA past president Jack André Denys. read more...

ATA 2017 Distinguished Topical Philatelist Selected

For her wide-ranging contributions to philately, Vera Felts has been selected to receive the American Topical Association’s highest award at the National Topical Stamp Show awards banquet June 24 in Milwaukee.

As ATA executive director since 2009, Felts has brought innovation and a positive attitude to the office and many of the organization’s programs. She spearheaded the highly successful ambassador program which has resulted in hundreds of new members, and managed the transition to a new topical checklist database, which has made ATA’s signature checklists better than ever.

For the past 18 years she has served as registration chair and managed the show cachets for the St. Louis Stamp Expo. She edited the APS gold award-winning newsletter of the Southern Illinois Stamp Club for 15 years, and co-founded its SIRPEX local show.

A life member of APS, she served eight years as coordinator of its newsletter exchange. At the Science Center in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1999 she founded a long-running youth stamp group.

Felts is revered throughout philately for her devotion to helping people advance and enjoy topical collecting.

The Distinguished Topical Philatelist (DTP) award has been presented each year since 1952, by the ATA, the largest affiliate of the American Philatelic Society. Don Smith served as chair of the selection committee. The scrolls signed by all of ATA’s 119 DTPs can be viewed here.

Spring 2017 Edition of Topical Tidbits
The Magic of Disney

So, you think know everything about Disney? Hopefully, after reading this issue of Topical Tidbits, you will learn a few new things. When you're finished, head over to the Disneyana on Stamps Society's website for more information on collecting Disney, Disnemation.
Click here to view the Spring edition. Enjoy!

New Checklist Update

The March 2017 checklist updates, including the February Linn's new issue listings, contain more than 595 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.

Membership Directory
2017 Price Reduction

ATA has published a triennial directory since the early 1950s. Members may order the 2015-2017 directory at a 2017 reduced cost of $5 plus postage ($3 US, $6 Canada, $13 international). New member price at time of application to ATA is $4 with free postage to US and Canada. Payment by check or mixed mint US postage—or PayPal or debit/credit card through Only ATA members may purchase a Directory, and it cannot be used for commercial purposes. Learn more here.

Printable album pages

New Album Pages: Archaeology, Europa, French Colonies, Gems & Minerals, Turtles & Laura Ingalls Wilder. For a full list of printable album pages click here, or visit the album pages section of the website.

Call for Exhibits for National Topical Stamp Show 2017
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The American Topical Association is accepting exhibit entries for the National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS), to be held June 23-25, 2017, at Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. The prospectus, entry form, and list of judges are posted on the ATA website at

This World Series of Philately show is unique in the exhibiting world, as all exhibits must develop a theme or story line based on the image or wording of the material shown. Exhibits are not limited to traditional thematic treatment, and include conventional categories or other exhibits treated thematically. In other words, they tell a story.

New this year is the topical exhibits category included in the revised APS Manual of Judging and Exhibiting (available for download at Topical exhibits are composed of a variety of philatelic items to illustrate a topic or subject. More information is included in the manual. The new category was developed to encourage topical collectors to exhibit.

Exhibits and judging chair is Rob Henak, a collector, exhibitor, and APS judge from the Milwaukee area.

Deadline for exhibit entries is April 22, 2017, or until all frames have been subscribed.

The show will feature dealers with stamps for topical and country collectors, as well as covers, ephemera and postcards.  Speakers, study unit meetings, silent auction, ATA annual meeting and many other events are on the schedule.

Updates on the show will be posted on line as plans progress.

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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.