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What's New?

The Nov/Dec issue of Topical Time was mailed Dec 1. Domestic members can expect to receive it no later than Dec 13 (9 business days after mailing.) Please keep the ATA Office supplied with your current email address.

Excerpts from NTSS 2014 exhibits are now available for viewing on the exhibiting page.

New Membership Incentives

Sept/Oct 2014 Topical Time Cover
Cover of the new September/October edition of Topical Time.

Topical Time Archive
Cover of the new digital archive of all Topical Time issues from 1949 through 2013. Read more...

2014 DTP Winner Jack Deny
Jack André Denys, 2014 Distinguished Topical Philatelist.

New Checklist Update

New:  ATA’s January checklist listings include a total of 621,109 items. There were 4,594 items added in the month of December, including all the new stamps in the Linn’s New Issue listings for the month. There is one new checklist: Sun Yat-Sen (President, China), with 72 items. The following checklists all had at least 25 items added to them in December:  Airplanes (misc/other), Army / Infantry / Militias / Soldiers, Art (misc/other), Beetles, Birds (misc/other), Bodies of Water, Butterflies / Moths, Ceramics / Pottery, Children's Literature, Coats of Arms / Heraldry, Fish / Fishing, Flags, Flowers / Plants (misc/other), Freighter or Cargo, Holy Family, Infants, Jesus of Nazareth, Letters / Postal / Post Offices, Locomotives, Madonnas / Virgin Mary, Maps, Microscopes, Military (misc/other), Orchids, Philosophy / Philosophers, Physics / Physicists, Politics / Politicians (misc/other), Presidents (other worldwide), Queen Elizabeth II (British), Religious Art, Sailing Vessels (misc/other), Scientific Glassware, Scientists / Science, Sculpture / Statues, Statesmen / Diplomats, Steam Engines, Trains (misc/other), Trees and Forestry, Virgin and Child, Watercraft (misc/other), Weather Instruments and Weather Vanes. Take advantage of winter--order some checklists now to enrich your collecting! Click here to view updated checklists.

September/October 2014 Topical Tidbits

Many stories for children include magic— sometimes it’s a magical person, an enchanted item, or a magic spell. This issue of Topical Tidbits explores some of the more well-known stories. Have fun matching magical items to their owners, drawing a map of a magical land, and doing a Harry Potter word search. Be sure to enter the magic spell contest- entries are due by October 31, 2014. Download the September/October issue now.

Press Release - Nominations Sought for ATA Distinguished Topical Philatelist
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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 American Topical Association Distinguished Topical Philatelist (DTP) Award.  ATA is the world's largest organization for thematic philatelists.

The DTP Award is the highest honor given by the ATA and will be presented at the 2015 National Topical Stamp Show in Portland, Oregon, July 31-Aug. 2, 2015.

The Distinguished Topical Philatelist designation is awarded for notable service to topical philately in general and to the ATA in particular. It was established in 1952 by ATA Founder Jerome (Jerry) Husak and has been presented to 116 individuals since its inception. Recipients have included residents of the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Italy. A complete list of past winners is found at Read more...

Electronic Topical Time - July/August Correction

One of the links sent out in yesterdays BYB email to access the latest version of ETT was incorrect. The link should be:
We apologize for any iconvenience caused.

Electronic Topical Time - July/August Edition

The July/August edition of Electronic Topical Time can now be accessed online by clicking here or the link at the left of the page.

Topical Time Digital Archive Now Available
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The American Topical Association (ATA) has released a complete digital archive of all Topical Time issues from 1949 through 2013. It contains 382 issues of the thematic journal, totaling ~34,272 pages, in an electronically searchable .pdf format. The Archive is housed in a 16 Gb wafer-style flash drive the size of a credit card. It plugs into USB ports in both PC and Apple computing devices. Read more...

NTSS Palmares 2014

The American Topical Association has announced its Palmares for NTSS 2014, held June 27-29 in St. Louis. Click here to read about the winning exhibits and their creators.

ATA Launches Stamp Checklist Database

The American Topical Association has announced the launching of the biggest benefit to stamp collectors in its 65-year history. A five-year undertaking has resulted in doubling the number of its topical checklists to nearly 1200. The lists are being produced from a regularly updated database.

Already the world's leading supplier of topical stamp checklists, the ATA is making the lists available to members from a new database containing almost 400,000 stamps and 578,502 topical listings.

Creating, merging and updating the listings have been the tasks of committed volunteer Karen Cartier, with technical assistance from her son, Michael. The project included adding topical listings from almost every page of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, as well as all new issues. Read more...

Jack André Denys Receives Highest ATA Award

Jack André Denys has been selected to receive the American Topical Association's highest award, at its 65th annual show in St. Louis, June 27-29. The Distinguished Topical Philatelist award will be presented to Denys, who has served as president since 2008, the longest of any president.

Jack is a life-long philatelist, who has shown leadership and vision in his role as ATA president.  The ATA has enjoyed a membership increase the last three years.  The TopicalsOnLine website for buying and selling topical stamps, electronic and archive versions of Topical Time and a comprehensive checklist database of topical stamps are among the major accomplishments during his tenure. Read more...

Press release - ATA's TopicalsOnline Website

Topical stamp collectors have a new website that makes it easy to purchase stamps by topic.

The American Topical Association (ATA) has launched, which offers stamps for more than 600 topics.

Topics, from airplanes to zebras, represent a popular, growing area of philately, according to ATA president Jack André Denys.  "This new website provides an easy and affordable way to purchase topical stamps."

Anyone can make purchases on the easy-to-navigate website. ATA members receive a 10 percent discount, and the ATA earns 10 percent of purchases.  Only ATA members can sell on the site.  Read more...

Announcing: Electronic Topical Time (ETT)

All ATA members can now access the electronic version of our journal from the this internet site. To view the Jan-Feb 2014 issue, and all 2013 issues of Topical Time, CLICK HERE.