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

    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.


  • April 13, 2020 6:28 PM | Anonymous member

    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.

    View or download the latest Topical Tidbits edition here.

  • April 08, 2020 6:34 PM | Anonymous member

    Jack CongroveWe are sad to share that Jack . Congrove, an ATA leader for 35 years, died April 8, 2020, in Ft. Lewis, Wash. Jack was ATA second vice president and had leadership roles in many other philatelic organizations. He will be missed by his many friends around the world.

    Jack R. Congrove of Ft. Lewis, Wash., an ATA leader for 35 years, died April 8, 2020, of cancer at age 72.

    Just prior to his death, he was presented the ATA's highest award, Distinguished Topical Philatelist, given to individuals who have made significant contributions to philately, especially topical philately. The award will also be presented this year to Wayne L. Youngblood.

    Jack filled many roles in ATA over the years. He joined the ATA board in 2015, and became second vice president in 2016. As a member of the ATA executive board, he provided leadership in finance and strategic planning, and ATA benefitted in many ways from his creative ideas and practical problem-solving skills. He was willing to take on big projects, but was also available for small chores at stamp shows, such as cancelling cachets or setting up a booth. He chaired the Portland National Topical Stamp Show (NTSS) with Orlie Trier in 2015.

    Most recently he was co-editor of ATA handbook #168, Topical Adventures – A Guide to Topical and Thematic Stamp Collecting, which will be published this summer. Martin Kent Miller is designing the sections that were not finished by Jack.

    Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Financier, Statesman, Founder, Jack's acclaimed exhibit, won the Grand Award and large gold medal at the NTSS in 2018. He subsequently showed the exhibit in the APS Champion of Champions exhibition in Omaha, Neb., 2019. He also exhibited Covered Bridges of Fairfield County, Ohio. He collected butterfly and moth stamps, and planned to prepare an exhibit.

    Jack was an accomplished philatelic writer and editor. He edited Biophilately, the gold medal winning journal of the Biology Study Unit from 2011 until his death. He also served as a director of the unit for the past 10 years. In 2013, he wrote the history of the unit.

    Jack edited the Federated Philatelist, the journal of the Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs, from 2014 until his death. In 2016, the Federation recognized Jack with their highest honor, the Northwest Distinguished Philatelist Award, for his contributions to philately.

    He was also editor of the newsletter of the Northwest chapter of the American Airmail Society.

    One of Jack's favorite projects was the Seattle Philatelic Exhibition (SEAPEX). He was instrumental in gaining World Series of Philately status for SEAPEX in 2015, and served as president of the board.

    Jack was an active member in the Evergreen Stamp Club in Kent, Wash., giving presentations and assisting greatly at the bi-annual club shows. Jack was instrumental in securing ATA Chapter status for the club in 2016.

    An APS member since 2012, Jack frequently volunteered in the youth section at its shows. In 2017, he received the Nicholas Carter Recognition Award for National Service. He was a member of many philatelic organizations, including the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, Women Exhibitors, Military Postal History Society, Americana Study Unit, Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library, Biology Study Unit, Gastronomy on Stamps Study Unit and Wine on Stamps Study Unit.

    Jack grew up on his parents' dairy farm in Pickerington, Ohio, where he learned his strong work ethic and developed the habit of getting up at 5 a.m., something he did his entire life. He was valedictorian of his high school class and continued to stay in touch with his classmates. He went on to earn a B.S. degree in chemical engineering at Ohio University.

    After serving 20 years as a US Army field artillery officer, Jack retired at the rank of major. He served in Vietnam, Germany and on the UN Peace Keeping Forces in the Middle East. Following retirement, he worked for a contractor supporting Army testing at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Ft. Lewis, Wash. He also owned a printing and publishing company, where he edited academic and commercial publications.

    Jack had many friends throughout the world. When we hear the phrase, "When you want to get something done, ask a busy person," he immediately comes to mind. He will be remembered for his warmth, ready smile and, of course, for his signature apparel—the baseball cap.

  • March 01, 2020 6:52 AM | Anonymous

    Entries are now being taken for the ATA section of the Great American Stamp Show, Aug. 20-23 in Hartford, CT. Thematic exhibits, as well as exhibits that are treated thematically (in other words, they tell a story) will be entered in the ATA portion of the show. 

    You can access the entry form here. The deadline for entries is April 15, 2020. 

  • February 01, 2020 6:54 AM | Anonymous

    Our show page has been updated. Recent additions include details of the President's Reception and 2 ATA sponsored talks. Click hereto read news of the Great American Stamp Show.

  • February 01, 2020 5:57 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the Christmas Philatelic Club, which was recently named the ATA Featured Study Unit. This active group will be honored at the Great American Stamp Show.

    Click here for more information.

  • January 25, 2020 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    More than 40 ATA members have contributed to a new handbook, to be released this summer. Topical Adventures – A Guide to Topical and Thematic Stamp Collecting covers the full spectrum of topical collecting and exhibiting. Subjects include acquiring, storing and displaying a collection. The section on exhibiting has lots of examples of award winning exhibits.

  • January 20, 2020 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    The Cedar Rapids (Ia.) Stamp Club became ATA Chapter #33 in 1961, but became inactive over the years. They are now re-activated and making plans for topical programs. ATA welcomes them back as an active chapter. 

    Cedar Rapids Stamp Club is comprised of collectors from around Eastern Iowa who collect for different reasons:

    • to learn about people, history and geography.
    • to study the lands of our ancestors.
    • for investment purposes.
    • by specific countries, or time periods.
    • or for topics of interest.
    They encourage you to attend a meeting or two for free. Dues are only $15 per year, and members receive their monthly newsletter, The Paste-Up.Their stamp show, CERAPEX, is the largest annual show in Iowa. It will be April 18-19 in Machinists Hall, Cedar Rapids.
  • March 11, 2015 7:36 AM | Anonymous
    ATA is delighted to welcome ATA Chapter #133, the Brandywine Valley Stamp Club, Hockessin, Del. Special thanks to Bill DeWitt, who initiated the group’s application, and to long-time ATA member Bob Rufe, who is the club president. This very active group has many ATA members. 

    John the club and other area philatelists for DELPEX, their annual show on April 18 at Nur Shrine Center, New Castle, Del. They’ll have exhibits, dealers and activities all day.
  • March 11, 2015 6:37 AM | Anonymous
    All ATA members (and all collectors interested in topicals) are cordially invited to join in the fun at the upcoming ATA Hot Spot at the Southeastern Stamp Expo, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, at the Atlanta Hilton NE. An ATA Hot Spot is a special opportunity to get to know fellow topical collectors and dealers. 

    SESE will feature six Hot Spot dealers with items of special interest to topical collectors, along with 17 additional dealers offering a wide selection of worldwide stamps and covers to help build your collection. Bring your checklist! 

    The ATA booth will be a busy place, where you’re invited to stop and chat. Among those available to visit with you are Jennifer Miller, ATA executive director, and her husband Martin; Dawn Hamman, president; John Hamman, ATA show manager; and board members Tom Broadhead, Carol Costa and Don Neal. Numerous members who manage important volunteer jobs for ATA will also be on hand. We’ll have ATA publications and other items for you to peruse and purchase. There will also be lively discussion at the ATA Roundtable, where you’ll get an update on ATA activities and plans. 

    Women's Suffrage is the theme for this year's SESE, as 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kris McIntosh will be speaking on Women's Suffrage. 

    "How to Build a Topical Exhibit," will be presented by Edwin Andrews, who has created fascinating topical exhibits on hats and trains. The show will also include a wide range of thematic and thematically-organized exhibits. SESE is a World Series of Philately Show, and topical exhibiting will be well represented by exhibits on Women of the Black Heritage Series, The Wilkes Antarctic Expedition, Women in the Olympics, Skylab, The 1925 French Decorative Arts Exposition, Backyard Chickens, The First Men on the Moon, The Jewel City, Woman's Suffrage, The Display and proper Use of the U.S. Flag and Madame Curie. 

    ATA members have been invited by the show hosts to join them in the hospitality suite on Friday and Saturday evenings to enjoy soft drinks, beer and wine. In addition, ATA members will meet informally on Friday evening at a nearby restaurant for an ATA Night Out. Stop by the ATA Table for details.
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