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  • November 14, 2020 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The BTA is excited to announce its first-ever ‘One-Page Competition’.

    They have launched this to encourage people, regardless of age and experience, to exhibit something from their thematic collection that excites them and will be of wide interest to BTA members as well as other thematic and topical collectors. The rules are simple, you do not need to have exhibited before to enter.

    For more information please click here.

  • September 20, 2020 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The USPS recently shared a file with us that shows stamp issues the planned postmarks. You can enjoy the file with this link: 2020StampIssueMashup.pdf

  • September 13, 2020 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The One Frame Champion of Champions competition will be held online this year, according to Mike Ley, president of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors (AAPE). The competition, which selects the top exhibit from one frame grand winners at WSP shows during the year, was to have been held in November at Chicagopex. That show has been canceled.

    “Beginning Nov. 8 all the exhibits will be available for viewing on the AAPE website at aape.org,” said Ley. “They will be judged by the same jury that would have judged at Chicagopex, and the winner will be announced Nov. 21.”

    The exhibits will be shown on a full-frame view in pdf. format. The synopsis for each exhibit, normally only seen by judges, will also be shown. “These top-award-winning exhibits will provide enjoyable and educational opportunities for other exhibitors as well as those contemplating exhibiting,” said Ley. He added that this is the first time a major North American exhibiting award will be determined in a virtual competition.

    “AAPE started this championship in 2000 and very much wanted in to continue this year,” said Ley. “We knew that Chicagopex might be canceled, so we planned ahead to take the competition virtual if necessary.”

    For more information contact Mike Ley, giscougar@aol.com, 402-984-5010.


  • September 09, 2020 6:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is the hope of the DTP Selection Team that individuals, study units and chapters will actively consider nominating an individual for this very prestigious recognition. The Distinguished Topical Philatelist for 2021 will be the highest award ATA presented in Great American Stamp Show scheduled for August 12-15, 2021, in Rosemont, (Chicago) IL. This is a joint show of the American Philatelic Society, The American Topical Association and the American First Day Cover Society.

    This recognition is bestowed upon a person who has made significant contributions to topical philately and to ATA in particular. The letter of nomination should detail the person’s contribution to philately – in particular, topical philately. You are particularly urged to consider a person who has been active in one of the ATA Units.

    The Distinguished Topical Philatelist award was established in 1952 by the late ATA founder Jerome (Jerry) Husak. Since then 122 people have received the honor. Recipients have included residents of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Italy. Find a complete listing of past winners at our website. The special url is: americantopicalassn.org/awardsdtp.shtml.

    There were two winners for the 2020 award. They were Wayne Youngblood of Prairie du Sac, WI, and Jack Congrove (deceased) of Fort Lewis, WA.

    Wayne is the editor of Topical Time and is responsible for guiding the magazine to an increase in the philatelic content and a new fresh look. He has lead the way to making Topical Time into a true electronic basis making electronic publication possible including a magazine archive, full color and electronic subscriptions. He is also editor or on the board of numerous philatelic publications.

    Jack was very active in many different philatelic activities. He was instrumental in obtaining World Series of Philately status for the Seattle Philatelic Exhibition (SEAPEX) and served as president of the SEAPEX board. He was an accomplished editor and edited Biophilately, Federated Philatelist, and other publications. He had a Grand Award exhibit on Alexander Hamilton.

    Nominations for the 2021 award should be sent to DTP Chairperson, Myron Molnau – 1616 E 32nd Court – Spokane, WA 99203-3918. Deadline for nomination is December 31, 2020.


  • August 21, 2020 5:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday, August 21, 2020, the ATA introduced the new Thank You Forever® stamps. In these difficult times, we are thankful for healthcare workers, mail carriers and many others. ATA presented a tribute to the many people we can thank in these troublesome times. ATA second vice president, Tom Broadhead, presented a stirring tribute. Dale Smith, immediate past president served as emcee.


    Attendees can request a copy of the first day ceremony program by completing the form at: https://forms.gle/sRo9Un1BgGBPRZzdA. Quantities are limited and requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

    ATA was also represented at the Innovation Stamps First Day ceremony, on August 20, 2020, by ATA board member Bill DeWitt who spoke about the innovations railroads brought to America. 


  • August 06, 2020 5:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ...on stamps, that is!

    Albert Einstein on Stamps: A Catalog is an in-depth exploration of how one of the world's most famous scientists has been depicted in modern postage stamps.

    The book is fully illustrated, and each listing includes the issuing country, the Scott catalog number, an image of the stamp or souvenir sheet, the denomination and other notes regarding the issue. Albert Einstein on Stamps: A Catalog is an excellent addition to any philatelic library and will certainly be of interest to scientists, physicist and Einstein fans alike.

    Click here to order using AmazonSmile on the ATA Amazon.com store.

  • August 05, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The summer 2020 Topical Tidbits is all about honey bees. The summer 2020 Topical Tidbits is all about honey bees. Click here to learn all about honey bees, beekeeping and how bees saved America.      

  • July 27, 2020 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATA board member Félix L. Pérez-Folch, Jr., responded to a local blood drive, and made it an occasion to display stamps related to giving blood. Félix finds ways to promote our great hobby at every turn. Thanks to this creative and enthusiastic man!

  • June 01, 2020 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 168th handbook from the American Topical Association is now available for immediate purchase. Get yours today by clicking here.

  • April 15, 2020 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the request of numerous people, we have established a memorial fund to honor Jack R. Congrove, ATA second vice president and 35-year member, who died April 8. Contributions can be sent to the ATA office, and the family will be notified. Jack was an accomplished writer and editor. Funds will be earmarked for ATA publications. Please note on your check or PayPal contribution: Jack Congrove Memorial.


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