Topical Tidbits

Topical Tidbits is a periodic feature of the ATA website. In each issue we will look at a specific topic of interest to young collectors with information, fun facts, games, puzzles, activities, and of course, loads of stamp images. Check this page often for future issues, and if you miss one, check this page for back issues too!

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Summer 2020 Topical Tidbits - Honey Bees

The honey bees that we know and love are not native to the United States. Up until the 1600s, there were no bees here that produced honey. That changed, though, when European settlers arrived on the east coast bringing bee colonies with them.

Read all about honey bees and more by clicking here.

Spring 2020 Topical Tidbits - Scotland

Scotland is a country in Europe and is part of the island of Great Britain, along with England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. All together these countries are called the United Kingdom. Scotland itself includes over 700 islands, the most famous being Orkney, Shetland, and the Hebrides.

Enjoy learning all about bonnie Scotland by clicking here.

First Day Cover - Peter Rabbit

Winter 2020 Topical Tidbits - Rabbits

For the Winter 2020 edition of Topical Tidbits we learn all about rabbits. These mammals which belong to the order Lagomorph include Hares. They typically live between 8 to 10 years and normally weigh between 2 and 11 pounds.

Learn more about rabbits by clicking here.

Fall 2019 Topical Tidbits - Pumpkins

The fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without pumpkins. Harvested in October, this New World fruit is very rich in vitamins. The flowers, seeds, and flesh are edible and can be used to make soups, desserts, and breads.

Read all about pumpkins and jack O'lanterns by clicking here.

First Day Cover - Sable Chief - Military Working Dog

Summer 2019 Topical Tidbits - Working Dogs

Most people think of dogs as just pets, but there are certain breeds that make excellent workers. Since the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, dogs have been protecting their owners and warning cities of advancing enemies.

Learn more about working dogs by clicking here.

Spring 2019 Topical Tidbits - Man on the Moon

“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This famous line was said by astronaut Neil Armstrong as he made the first human footprints on the Moon. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing that took place on July 20, 1969.

Learn more about man on the moon by clicking here.

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