• September 09, 2020 6:25 PM | Alyn Lunt

    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:

    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 | Martin Miller (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: 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 | Martin Miller (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 store.

  • August 05, 2020 5:00 PM | Martin Miller (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 | Martin Miller (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 | Martin Miller (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 | Martin Miller (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.

  • April 13, 2020 6:28 PM | Martin Miller (Administrator)

    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 | Martin Miller (Administrator)

    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. 

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