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NSS 2007 Sheetlet
The Commonwealth of Dominica is issuing a sheetlet and a souvenir sheet to commemorate the Texas Rangers. A First Day ceremony will take place June 15 at NTSS2007.

NTSS Cancellation
The Bounty Hunt for Saddam Starts June 15 at NTSS 2007. The Commonwealth of Dominica First Day cancellation will be utilized June 15 in conjunction with the First Day sale of a stamp sheet for the Texas Rangers and the Remington Revolver's 150th anniversary, along with the SS for Texas Ranger, Charles Goodnight.

NTSS 2007 Cover
NTSS 2007 Cover.

58th Annual ATA National Topical Stamp Show 2007
June 15 - 17
Irving, Texas

2007 ATA Convention set for June 15 - 17 in Irving, Texas
The American Topical Association (ATA) will hold its 2007 annual convention and National Topical Stamp Show in Irving, Texas on June 15-17, 2007. The ATA convention (and only U.S. all-topical philatelic exhibition) will be held at the Sheraton Grand, near D/FW International Airport (more details when available).

The National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS-2007) is open to all collectors regardless of society affiliation, provided the entry meets the definition of topical / thematic collecting. ATA defines a topical / thematic exhibit as one that "consists of stamps and other philatelic material chosen for their design rather than for the countries that issued them or the class of postal service they provide." A thematic exhibit is a topical collection arranged to tell a story.

About the National Topical Stamp Show 2007 (with a Western Theme)
Not just a stamp show – a Western Vacation Destination!

Not only will NTSS '07 have a Western Theme based on the Ft. Worth "Cowtown" atmosphere, but there is plenty to do here in the area and we can help you plan a memorable vacation. Here are listed many activities, several of which are still in the planning stages as of June 2006.

First, we have video and a DVD to loan on request. The video covers the background of the Historic Ft. Worth Stock Yard area, which is the highlight of one of our tours. It is titled, Wall Street of the West and is available for a free four-day loan. The DVD is a short mix of leisure activities in North Texas, on a single DVD, merging several local convention and visitors' bureaus DVDs.

Transportation: NTSS '07 will be held adjacent to the DFW airport with free transportation from and to the airport. The Sheraton Grand has not only reduced the price of their newly refurbished rooms from $159 to $89 a night for us, but will provide free transportation to the huge Grapevine Mills Mall for those who want to spend some time away from the hotel. They will also set up transportation to a local Protestant or Catholic Church on Sunday morning. The hotel has advised us that the nearest synogogue to their facility is beyond the range of the free shuttle service they are offering the ATA. However, should anyone wish to attend a synogogue, contact the ATA office so that private transportation can be arranged.

Two tours have been set up for Thursday and Monday. The venues are enclosed along with advance sign up sheets. You can get a free Stockyards Sheriff Badge souvenir by registering and pre-paying for a tour before April 15, 2007. For those who want to visit some of the sites in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, several brochures are shown on the enclosed sheet with information on how to obtain them. A third tour will be held on Saturday to visit the Boy Scout National Headquarters and Museum, which also has a Norman Rockwell room.

Three days of activities have been planned, kicking off with a First Day of Issue for a stamp honoring the TEXAS RANGERS, courtesy of the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation, with a special guest Texas Ranger unveiling the stamp and telling all a little about the famous organization. Members of NOLA, the National Outlaw and Lawmen Association, who have written widely on Texas heroes and villains, will have a book-signing on Saturday. A special guest star has been invited to participate but has not yet been locked in. Live Texas "critters" will be on display on Saturday as well along with a display of Texas "Critters" on Stamps. A NASA display, which will be accompanied by related autographed space covers, has been approved for us and an astronaut has given his tentative agreement to attend and meet, greet and speak. An "ALAMO ON STAMPS" exhibit has been promised to us as well.

Professional sports cheerleaders have tentatively agreed to meet guests Saturday morning with a smile and autographed posters. We have also been promised a saddled Texas Longhorn Steer to appear in the parking lot on Saturday morning. Photos on, or alongside, the docile animal will be available for a fee.

Live entertainment is being planned preceding the President's Reception on Friday. Dealers and volunteers will get free tickets to the entertainment; however there is a charge to those who want to attend the Reception and meal. Entertainment is also being planned for the Awards Banquet on Saturday. You can also meet an American Indian who will demonstrate American Indian dances for us daily. Storytelling hours and chaperoned cartoons are also on the agenda. Details on all of the activities will appear in the philatelic press as each is confirmed.

Youth activities will be plentiful. The ATA and APS have joined together to bring STAMP CAMP USA to the show from its home in Pennsylvania. Also, the Youth Champion of Champions Competitive Philatelic Exhibits will be on display. This will be the best of the best youth exhibits in the country. We will have a special Youth table, hosted by MaryAnn Bowman of Wisconsin.

Several seminars and meetings, all free and open to the public, will be available. Several special Study Units of the ATA will hold their annual gatherings, again free to the public. Currently, the Space Unit has already stated that they will participate.

FREE DOOR PRIZES will include Western Movie DVDs and ATA BOY BUCKS (Bucks that can be spent on any ATA Product or membership fees, or at any participating dealer at the show). We will also give away a few six month ATA Memberships or extensions to existing memberships. There will also be free packets of stamps for the kids. Dollar covers and 10c stamp tables are also in the planning stages.

Postcard dealers and cachet makers are being invited to participate. Several clubs and societies will also have tables at this event.

See a Korean war mail delivery system in the form of an altitude released mortar shell that showered propaganda leaflets on North Korean soldiers. This will be shown along with one such leaflet.

Both Topical and non-topical dealers will be on hand to help fill your want lists. We will have 35 dealer tables with dealers from as far away as England, and up to 224 competitive exhibit frames. There will be Dollar Cover and 10c stamp tables as well.

For more information contact the ATA Central Office:
(Don't forget to dress up in your western duds.)