Topicals

Philatelic Society of Lancaster County

The James Buchanan Chapter #173 of the American Philatelic Society
Chapter 118 of the American Topical Association



TOPICAL & THEMATIC STAMPS

Overview

PSLC is a member of the American Topical Association (ATA) which promotes the collecting of topical and thematic stamps. More info can be found at their website www.americantopicalassn.org. There are hundreds or perhaps thousands of stamp topics to collect, and the ATA helps make this an easier process with the lists they compile of stamps by topic by Scott Catalog Number. Topical collecting is great fun and largely inexpensive. When you introduce your friends and family to stamp collecting, consider showing them your topicals or those on this page. It just might create the spark needed.

In The News

The American Topical Association has just published What’s First?, a 335-page book that pictures and describes the first stamp for more than 800 topics. From abacus to zebra, it is colorfully illustrated with stamp images and descriptions of the first time a topic appeared on a stamp. Spanning two centuries, the book explores firsts for popular topics, such as cats and railways/trains, to more esoteric topics, such as handshakes and dominoes. It is fully indexed by topic and country/Scott number.

Written by Canadian playwright and journalist Jack Gray, the book will be appealing to topical collectors, as well as those with other collecting interests, and also to exhibitors. It makes an excellent addition to any philatelic library. What’s First? is available in book and DVD format for $40 plus shipping (Book: U.S. $4, Canada $25.25, other countries $35.75; DVD: U.S. and Canada $1.50; other countries $3.50). Mail a check to ATA, PO BOX 8, CARTERVILLE, IL, 62918-0008 or email americantopical@msn.com or call +1 (618) 985-5100. More information at www.americantopicalassn.org (2018.09.17)

Purpose

This sub-page provides samples of small topical collections compiled by our members who were asked to compile a sheet of their topical stamps from their vast collections. We find that when collectors share topical collecting with others, it is easiest to do it with examples such as these. These pages are not meant to be the sine qua non of topical collections, just examples.

Many potential collectors come to topical based on existing interests, personal ones. Two members of the club have family members who like cats. “Cats on stamps” is a popular collecting area, and this is only one of many. Other areas collected by PSLC members include Stamps on Stamps, Holograms, FDR, The Great War, Lighthouses, Waterfalls, Hot Air Balloons, Civil War, Judaica, Cathedrals, The Statue of Liberty, Cartoon Characters, and many more. Happy Topical Collecting.

The Collections

Enjoy our members collections. If you have a page(s) of your favorite topicals or thematics to share, please contact Dr. Charles J. DiComo at charlesdicomo@gmail.com

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