ATA 2017 Distinguished Topical Philatelist Selected
April 17, 2017 PDF version
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
April 15, 2017
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
February 28, 2017
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, email@example.com, 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.
2017 Price Reduction
February 13, 2017
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
January 25, 2017
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
January 18, 2017
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 stamps.org). 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.
AmazonSmile and ATA
December 1, 2016 - Dawn Hamman
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.