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The May-June issue of Topical Time was mailed on May 22. U.S. members should receive it within 9 business days after that date. 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

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.

May/June Topical Time
Cover of the new May/June edition of Topical Time.

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


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 this last weekend, June 27-29 in St. Louis. Click here to read about the winning exhibits and their creators.

Press Release - ATA Youth Summer Poster Contest
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Young philatelists are invited to enter the American Topical Association’s summer poster contest, “View the World through Stamps.” 

Youth are asked to submit a one-page (8 ½ by 11 inches) travel poster, using stamps to illustrate a country, state, city or region of the world.  Captions, short sentences or a paragraph should describe the place.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: ages 8 and under, 9-12, and 13 and older. A photocopy of the poster will be accepted. The back of the entry should include the first and last name of the participant, mailing address, age, and collecting interests. Deadline is July 31, 2014. Entries should be sent to MaryAnn Bowman, PO Box 1451, Waukesha, WI 53187-1451.

Electronic Topical Time - May/June Edition

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

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 TopicalsOnline.com, 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.