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The Mar/Apr issue of Topical Time was mailed Mar 19. 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 NTSS 2014 exhibits are now available for viewing on the exhibiting page.

New Membership Incentives

Join the adventure in the latest edition of Topical Tidbits which takes you to the American Civil War, learning about people, battles and their sites, songs of the time and many interesting facts.


ATA Membership Directory 2015-2017, to be released summer of 2015.

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

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


The Spring Edition of Topical Tidbits
The American Civil War

Join the adventure in the latest edition of Topical Tidbits which takes you to the American Civil War, learning about people, battles and their sites, songs of the time and many interesting facts. Download the Spring Issue here.

Membership Directory

ATA members should click on the Directory link at the left to access the information form for inclusion in the 2015-17 ATA Membership Directory. This is one of ATA's best member services, facilitating contact with collectors around the world who share your topic. Please submit the electronic form--if you haven't already mailed your information--by the middle of April.

New Checklist Update

March checklist listings include a total of 631,879 items. There were 10,734 items added in the last two months, including all the new stamps in the Linn’s New Issue listings for January and February. Major additions (more than 100 entries added) have occurred in all of the Railroad-related lists, Watercraft, Sailing Vessels, Plants including Roses, Orchids and trees/Forestry, Presidents (worldwide), Coats of Arms/Heraldry, Bodies of Water, Maps, Flags, Fish/Fishing, Art and Statesmen/Diplomatsr--order some checklists now to enrich your collecting! Click here to view updated checklists.

The Winter Edition of Topical Tidbits
The Iditarod Race

Get ready for an adventure!  This issue of Topical Tidbits will take you to Alaska where you will learn all about the Iditarod race. Have fun learning about sled dogs, the race, and our 49th state, Alaska. Download the January/Feruary issue here.

November/December 2014 Topical Tidbits
S'now Fun like Winter Fun

After you enjoy the November/December issue of Topical Tidbits, try your hand at creating a new winter fun stamp design. Think of something you and your friends like to do outdoors during the winter season. Design a stamp. Your stamp should have perforations, country name, and denomination (value) of the stamp. Add an illustration. Send your completed design to MaryAnn Bowman, P.O. Box 1451, Waukesha, WI  53187.  All entries received by March 31, 2015, will receive a participation gift. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, age, and your collecting interests. Download the November/December issue here.

Topical Time Digital Archive Now Available
pdf version
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 TopicalsOnline.com, 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.