National Topical Stamp Collecting Day /
Honoring Vietnam Medal of Honor Winners
June 20, 2015
ATA's 2015 National Topical Stamp Collecting Day cachets, franked with a Vietnam Medal of Honor Winner stamp, are currently being canceled by the USPS cancellation service. Cachets will be mailed to collectors immediately when they are received. See these details to order your copy.
National Topical Stamp Show 2015
First Day Ceremony Announced
June 4, 2015 pdf version
The new Fanciful Flowers stamped card will be issued July 31 [at the National Topical Stamp Show in Portland (Clackamas), Oregon]. The card features a stylized illustration of flowers and a bee. This whimsical rendering in red, white and green was inspired by observations of life in a garden. The artist used a process similar to woodblock printing to create the stamp art. The colored petals and fragrances of flowers attract bees, providing these important flower pollinators with food and other nutrients in the form of energy-producing nectar and protein-rich pollen. This mutually beneficial relationship has facilitated the evolution of flowers and bees alike. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamped card, illustrated by Cathie Bleck.
You are invited to the First Day Ceremony for the 2015 Forever Postal Card to be issued at National Topical Stamp Show, July 31, 2015, 9 a.m. at the Monarch Hotel & Conference Center, 12566 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, OR 97015-9760. Click here to visit the NTSS 2015 page for more show details.
July/August Edition of Topical Tidbits
June 25, 2015
Dolphins! Such intelligent, fun creatures! Learn all about them in this issue of Topical Tidbits. Read about a very famous dolphin named Pelorus Jack and another dolphin that delivered the mail. There are also jokes, other activities, and the chance to do some dolphin research of your own. Enjoy!
Download the July/August Issue here.
Donald Wright Selected 2015
ATA Distinguished Topical Philatelist
June 1, 2015 pdf version
Entomologist Donald P. Wright, Jr., of Pennington, N.J., has been selected as the American Topical Association 2015 Distinguished Topical Philatelist, according to an announcement by DTP Committee chairman, Donald W. Smith. The award will be presented during the National Topical Stamp Show in Portland, Ore., July 31-Aug. 2, 2015.
Since 1956, Don has been a member of the oldest ATA Unit established in 1951 as the Biology Unit. During the 64 years of its existence, Don has served twice as president and three different terms as Unit Vice President. In 1971-1972, Don served as editor of the unit periodical, Biophilately, and continues to serve since 1971 as associate editor for the Entomology column (thus far more than 50 columns). In addition, Don has been the author of or contributor to four ATA Handbooks on Invertebrates, Entomology and Insects (released this year). Read more...
New Checklist Update
June 4, 2015
June checklist listings include a total of 632,647 items. If you don't find your topic listed, ATA can customize a checklist for you. Contact the ATA Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information. Click here to view updated checklists.
New Topical Album Pages for Youth
May 28, 2015
The ATA have added ~40 new printable topical album pages in the youth section. Click here to check out the fun, new topics to add to your collection!
New Handbook Coming Summer 2015
May 25, 2015
A new ATA handbook by author Victor Eichler on the topic of frogs/amphibians in the cultures of the world as depicted on postage stamps, is to be released Summer 2015.
Topical Time Digital Archive Now Updated
May 5, 2015
The ATA has updated the complete digital archive of all Topical Time issues. It now contains all issues from 1949 through 2014 on an 8 Gb wafer-style flash drive. The comprehensive index of the Archive is posted on this website. Read more...
The April/May Edition of Topical Tidbits
The American Civil War
April 23, 2015
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 April/May Issue here.
April 2, 2015
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.
Press Release - ATA Publishes Insects on Stamps Handbook
August 11, 2014 pdf version
A popular topical collecting area is insects on stamps: everything from butterflies to honey bees to dragonflies to beetles to cockroaches. Collectors of that topic have important new resources, thanks to a major project by American Topical Association member and retired entomologist Don Wright.
The ATA has released a new Insects on Stamps handbook, as well as a DVD, with stamps listed by country and scientific classification. The book, in convenient six-by-nine inch spiral bound format, includes all insect stamps from 2003 to 2013. Previous ATA handbooks list earlier issues. Read more...