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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Spring 2021 Topical Tidbits - Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin who is known as the “king of ragtime.” Ragtime is a musical style with a syncopated (off-beat) rhythm and was given this name because listeners of the day felt that the rhythm sounded rough, uneven, or “ragged.”

Joplin also wrote a ballet and two operas. Enjoy learning more about this amazing musician and other music-related topics in this issue by clicking here. 


Winter 2021 Topical Tidbits - Ireland

The lush, green island of Ireland lies to the west of Great Britain. Eighty percent of the island is known as the Republic of Ireland. The northern-most section of the island is part of the United Kingdom and is called Northern Ireland.

Have fun learning all about the Emerald Isle by clicking here.

Fall 2020 Topical Tidbits - Thanksgiving

The United States is not the only country to celebrate Thanksgiving. Although reasons vary from country to country, it’s an opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate what’s most important in life no matter where you live.

Read all about Thanksgiving by clicking here.



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.


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