Collecting gingerbread on stamps
December 1, 2013
Now that you've had a chance to read the most recent Topical Tidbits issue, we invite you to further explore the topic of gingerbread on stamps. Start with the reprint of Vera Felts' excellent article in the December 2006 American Philatelist, "Gingerbread on Stamps" (published here with permission) to get an overview of this collecting topic. Then download the gingerbread on stamps checklist in XLS or PDF format (available here only during December 2013) and get started building your own topical collection based on this delectable holiday treat.
November-December 2013 Topical Tidbits
November 10, 2013
How would you like to be a gingerbread house maker? That is exactly what Teresa Layman, a candy architect, did when she created the designs for the gingerbread house stamps issued in November 2013. In this issue of Topical Tidbits you can create your own gingerbread house stamp and enjoy other related activities. Download the November-December issue now. Read more...
ATA website receives Gold Award in the 2013 APS Chapter and Affiliates Web Site Competition
July 24, 2013
For the second year in a row, the ATA website has received a Gold Award in the APS Chapter and Affiliates Web Site Competition. The scoring is based on a number of factors including content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality and interactivity. Nine ATA study units also participated in the competition and received awards at various levels. Complete results are available at the APS website, and the awards will be presented at APS StampShow in Milwaukee.
Press release - New member incentive extended through end of 2013
July 10, 2013 pdf version
If you have a friend who is interested in topical collecting, be sure to tell him/her that there has never been a better time to join the ATA. A special membership incentive that offers a free checklist has been extended to the end of the year.
Here's how it works. Each new member may choose a free checklist, up to 50 pages, from the list of more than 600 topics. For a list longer than 50 pages, the new member receives a $10 credit toward the purchase of that list. Checklists are now available printed or digitally, as an Excel file. A complete list of the more than 600 checklists is on the ATA website at http://americantopicalassn.org/checklists.shtml.
ATA membership, at $25 a year, includes the quarterly journal, Topical Time; a copy of the book, Adventures in Topical Stamp Collecting, and a free handbook from a list of 42 books. ATA members may also sell stamps and other philatelic items on the new website www.topicalsonline.org. Both members and nonmembers may make purchases there.
Press release - ATA Reissues Watercraft on Stamps Handbook
April 19, 2013 pdf version
The American Topical Association (ATA) has released a second printing of its popular Watercraft on Stamps handbook. The first (smaller) edition of the book has been out of print for several years. To honor multiple requests for the book, a second printing in an expanded size format has been made.
Watercraft on Stamps was edited by Katherine A. Kirk of ATA's Ships on Stamps Unit. Contributors include Bjoern Moritz, Wolf Spille and Myron Molnau. The handbook was designed by Amanda Morgenstern and printed by Minuteman Press. Read more...
Press release - Jean C Stout Selected as 2013 ATA Distinguished Topical Philatelist
April 11, 2013 pdf version
Topical collector Jean C. Stout of Jackson, Mississippi, has been selected as the American Topical Association 2013 Distinguished Topical Philatelist, according to an announcement by DTP committee chairman Donald W. Smith. The award will be presented May 18, 2013, during the ATA National Topical Stamp Show in Rochester, New York. Read more...
Selected study unit - The Perfins Club
January 28, 2013
One of the strategies that corporations and postal authorities have employed to prevent theft was to mark the items that they owned with their logo or other identifying marks. When it comes to postage stamps, sometimes overprints were used, but from about 1900 through the middle of the 20th century, one practical method of identification has been to perforate a design into the stamp. Stamps that are so marked are known as "perfins" (a portmanteau of "perforated" and "interior"). The Perfins Club was formed in 1943 to help perfin collectors in their enjoyment of the hobby. Membership in The Perfins Club includes a subscription to the almost monthly Perfins Bulletin and other benefits. More information is at the club's website http://www.perfins.org/.
Press release - ATA offers free checklist as membership incentive
January 11, 2013
The American Topical Association is expanding its membership incentives by offering a free topical checklist of choice to all new members. Prior members who reinstate for a minimum of two years are also eligible for the offer. ATA is the largest affiliate of the American Philatelic Society, and its membership has been growing as thematic stamps become more popular and more member services are offered. This free checklist offer is expected to grow the organization even more. Read more...
Press release - ATA "Topical Tidbits" Wins Medal in International Competition
November 12, 2012
The American Topical Association won Second Place/Honorary Award Silver, with Special Prize, for its new series of philatelic youth materials, "Topical Tidbits," in an international philatelic literature competition. Palmares have been posted for PROMO4YOUTH, a special division of the International Philatelic Literature Exhibition (IPHLA) held in Mainz, Germany, Nov. 2-4.
"Topical Tidbits," ATA's online resource for youth, teachers and philatelic youth leaders, was one of eleven entries in the noncommercial division of the IPHLA PROMO4YOUTH. First Place/Gold was awarded to BdPH (Germany) Department of Education and Youth; Stamp Camp USA received Third Place/Bronze. Read more...
Press release - ATA Creates Stamp Collecting Module for Educators and Youths
September 19, 2012 pdf version
The American Topical Association (ATA) is producing colorful and interesting modules especially for youth collectors and educators. In recognition of National Stamp Collecting Month in October, the latest 20-page Topical Tidbits module is available at http://www.americantopicalassn.org/youth.
A wide variety of free interesting and educational material for youth is found on the ATA website. Creation of the Topical Tidbits modules supports the "Stamps Teach" project being carried out by the National Postal Museum and the American Philatelic Society.
The Topical Tidbits module on stamp collecting features creative and colorful games, puzzles and quizzes in areas such as Branches of Philately, Other Ways of Collecting, Stamp Collecting Tools, Caring for Stamps, Parts of a Stamp, Types of Stamps, Special Service Stamps, Perfins, U.S. "Firsts," Stamp Oddities, Stamp Nicknames, Famous Stamp Collectors, and a Stamp Fortune Teller. The last page of the module is an answer key to nine different activities presented.
New Member Incentive
New incentives for membership or reinstatement in the American Topical Association have been announced. Membership costs are $25 in the U.S. or $33 international. Each new ATA member will receive two free ATA handbooks. One book is ATA HB 133, Adventures in Topical Stamp Collecting, the seminal work authored by George Griffenhagen and Jerome (Jerry) Husak. The second free ATA handbook will be selected by the incoming ATA member from a list of 45 different books while handbook supplies last.
A list of the ATA Handbooks available during this membership incentive is included with the ATA membership application. Returning ATA members are eligible for this offer upon reinstating the membership for two years; returning members should use the ATA membership reinstatement form. Read more