BecauseYouBelong.org

National Topical Stamp Show

Topical Tuesday New!

Our Online Advertisers New!

Advertise with Us New!

Checklists

Topical Time

Electronic Topical Time

Topical Time Archive

Study Units

Chapters

News & Press Releases

Circus Video
Circus Video
Support the ATA

Site Map
graphic

What's New?

The July/Aug issue of Topical Time was mailed on June 29. 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.

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
.

2017 Ecclipse Cachet
2017 Great American Eclipse Cachet produced by the ATA. Click the chachets above for an enlarged version.

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

Support the ATA on Amazon Shop on Amazon and support the ATA at the same time.

New Checklist Update

The August 2017 checklist updates, including the recent Linn's new issue listings, contains 4,016 items added in the last month. 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. Visit the Checklist page

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.

APS StampTalk Features ATA President, Dale Smith

StampTalk podcast featuring our President, Dale Smith​, on "Topical & Historical Stamp Collecting." Check it out at:
http://wsradio.com/category/entertainment-radio/aps-stamp-talk/

Great American Eclipse Cachet

ATA is releasing a cacheted envelope for the Great American Eclipse on August 21, which will move 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:

• Uncanceled with Eclipse stamp (order by Aug. 14 if you wish to receive it to cancel it yourself on Aug. 21)
• Canceled with Carbondale Eclipse postmark of Eclipse stamp (will be mailed to you in outer envelope with additional Carbondale Eclipse postmark)

Cost is:
• $4 for cachet with Eclipse stamp (add 50c for postage or enclose addressed, stamped envelope)
• $5 for cachet with $1.15 Moon Forever stamp (add 50c for postage or enclose addressed, stamped envelope)
• $3.50 for blank cachet; apply stamp of your choice

Order from:  ATA Office, PO Box 8, Carterville, IL 62918-0008
Or email:  americantopical@msn.com
Payment by check or by PayPal to americantopical@msn.com

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: http://americantopicalassn.org/advertisers.shtml and on the Topical Time webpage here: http://americantopicalassn.org/topicaltime.shtml 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, was June 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport. Show hours were 10-6 Friday and Saturday, and 10-3 Sunday. The hotel had free parking and airport shuttle; admission of $5 covered all three days.

The ATA show 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 was the keynote speakers.  Barry Stagg, chair of the British Thematic Association.... 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. Read more...

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!

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 www.PayPal.com. 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.

AmazonSmile and ATA
-
Click here to shop Amazon and Support the ATA
If you are an Amazon.com shopper, there is a simple way to support ATA, at no cost to you. Instead of logging into amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com. 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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll see the same products as on amazon.com. 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 amazon.com and smile.amazon.com. Your shopping cart, wish list and other account settings are also the same.
It’s important to bookmark smile.amazon.com, so you remember to go there, instead of amazon.com. 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.