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NTSS Cover 2008
NTSS 2008 show covers and cancellations.

NTSS 2008 Cover

NTSS 2008 Cover

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59th Annual ATA National Topical Stamp Show 2008
June 13 - 15
Clackamas, Oregon

ATA NATIONAL TOPICAL STAMP SHOW 2008 (THEME: DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION)

The ATA will hold its annual National Topical Stamp Show 2008 in the Portland, Oregon, adjoining suburb of Clackamas on June 13-15. The Monarch Hotel will be the site of this year's show and offers free shuttle transportation for hotel guests from the nearby Portland Airport. For shoppers a shopping mall is within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel has also offered to provide transportation back and forth to church services for those wishing to do so. Make reservations directly with the hotel at 800-492-8700, and when checking in, reference the show. ATA President, Bob Mather, has lined up two great scenic tours for those who want to see many of the visual highlights of the Portland area. There will be limited seating so those planning to take either the Thursday or Monday tours should contact Mr. Mather at 262-968-2392, or email him at burrobob@wi.rr.com. Forms for these and the ATA banquets are in Topical Time and also on line at www.americantopicalassn.org.

Once again, the ATA will issue tenure ribbons available for all attendees who have been members of the Association for ten or more years. Attendees who may want to assist as volunteers should contact Jack Denys at denys@verizon.net or write to him at 3 E. Cadillac Drive, Somerville, NJ 08876. The hours of the show will start with the 9:15 AM Friday unveiling and First Day Ceremony of a sheet of four stamps in keeping with the show's theme of Discovery and Exploration. The stamp designs, were painted by prolific stamp artist, Chris Calle, and will honor Oregon explorers Sir Francis Drake, the first European to see the Oregon coast; Joel Palmer who located the Oregon passage; Capt. Robert Gray who discovered, named and entered the Columbia River; and Lewis and Clark whose discoveries opened the door to the Great American Northwest. A Saturday door prize will be the book, Columbia's River: The Voyages of Robert Gray 1787-1793. At the ceremony, an Oregon historian will provide some colorful input on the history of the area.

The Grand Award will be in keeping with the theme of the show and will be a numbered and autographed print by noted postage stamp designer, Paul Calle. This beautiful work entitled, "Beyond the Ridge" pictures mountain men searching for a route across the Northwestern United States. The FDC cachet will feature another Paul Calle work, "Just Over the Ridge" and the cover will be even more interesting as it is tying in with the stamps, designed by his son, Chris.

The ATA will have three different cacheted envelopes with separate cancellations for each of the three days of the show. Friday's cancel will be space-related with the cachet honoring the 50th anniversary of America's first launched satellite 50 years ago, in 1958. Saturday's cancel will honor the 100th anniversary of Admiral Richard Peary's discovery of the North Pole in 1908. Finally on Sunday, the cancel will picture Stanley and Livingston meeting in Africa.