Upcoming events

    • February 06, 2023
    • February 20, 2023
    • 3 sessions

    Exhibiting Picture Postcards

    Mondays, 7 p.m. Eastern, February 6,13,20

    There is great interest in exhibiting picture postcards, as this genre of exhibiting has become well recognized in recent years. This three-part course will look at the steps in telling a story through postcards.

    Session I: Why Postcards Matter

    This session will show why picture postcards, especially those of the early 20th century are an important part of philately and worthy of our study.

    When you register for the class, you are invited to send scans of one or two postcards that you may wish to use for an exhibit. We’ll share ideas that will help you think through the steps of developing an exhibit.

    Session II: Steps to Telling Your Story

    We’ll discuss your non-philatelic story line, title, introduction and plan (how you will organize your exhibit).

    Session III: Resources for Collecting and Documenting your Postcards

    Documentation of picture postcard history is not as organized or extensive as it is for other areas of philately. We’ll show resources you can use for information to provide descriptions of the postcards in your exhibit, and offer tips for making observations about the postcards you use.

    Participants in this course will receive quick reference guides, a useful digital book on real photo postcards and an extensive bibliography.

    Course instructor Dawn Hamman is president of the American Topical Association, and a frequent speaker at stamp shows and Zoom programs. Her gold and large gold award winning picture postcard exhibits include, The Jewel City – Picture Postcards of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915; The Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln; He Built a Business Empire With Ostrich Feathers; and A Day at Ocean Beach.

    $25 ATA members

    $45 non-members

    Join ATA and register for the course and save:

    $60 includes the course and one year of ATA US membership

    $70 includes the course and one year of ATA international membership

    • March 04, 2023
    • March 05, 2023
    • North Canton, OH

    McKinley Club Stamp Show

    Mar 4-5, 2023

    Show Location:

    St. George Serbian Social Hall,

    4667 Applegrove St. NW,

    North Canton OH 44720

    Show Details:

    18 stamp dealers buying and selling stamps, covers, postcards and some stamp supplies. 35 frames of exhibits. Handicapped accessible. Food on prem.

    Contact: Dave Pool, lincolnway@sssnet.com, 330-832-5992

    • March 04, 2023
    • March 11, 2023
    • 2 sessions

    Thematic Exhibiting: Connecting Through Creativity

    Saturdays, 4 p.m. Eastern, March 4 and 11

    Thematic exhibitors have the luxury of drawing from all branches of philately to illustrate their (non-philatelic) story, and are limited only by their imagination when searching for items to include. Linking philatelic elements that at first glance don’t have an obvious connection to the story provides a creative outlet that is unique to thematics.

    In this course, Grand Award winner Jean Wang will demonstrate how exhibitors can use innovative approaches to illustrate their story. She will also discuss the concept of Development - the addition of new story lines and elaboration of existing ones with illustration of thematic details.

    Both novice and experienced thematic exhibitors will benefit from this course.

    Session I

    Jean will show examples from her Blood exhibit to demonstrate how thematic exhibitors can use creativity and draw on all branches of philately to illustrate a non-philatelic story. 

    After the first session, participants will be invited to send a scan of an item they want to use in an exhibit or to outline a point they want to make in the non-philatelic story for which they need ideas of philatelic items to seek out.

    Session II

    Discussion and brainstorming using information from the first session as it applies to submissions by participants.

    Instructor Jean Wang is a hematologist and leukemia researcher in Toronto, Canada. Her thematic exhibit, Blood: a Modern Medicine, won the grand award at CANPEX in 2019 and ORAPEX in 2022. She is one of the most accomplished thematic exhibitors working today.

    $25 ATA members

    $45 non-members


    Join ATA and register for the course and save:

    $60 includes the course and one year of ATA US membership

    $70 includes the course and one year of ATA international membership 
    • March 18, 2023
    • Green Bay, WI
    BAYPEX '23
    March 18, 2023  Sponsored by the Green Bay Philatelic Society
    St. Matthew Catholic Church Multipurpose Room
    2575 S. Webster Ave.
    Green Bay WI 54301
    9 a.m.--4 p.m. Free parking and admission
    10 dealers
    Contact: Mark Schroeder markthetuba@gmail.com  920-337-9616
    • March 18, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Woodstock, ON Canada

    71st OXPEX & 41st OTEX

    Saturday, March 18th, 2023


    St. Mary's Catholic High School

    431 Juliana Dr, Woodstock, ON N4V 1E8

    Free admission & parking

    Framed Exhibits

    15 dealers

    Youth gift bags

    Sales Circuits

    Draw Prizes


    Presented by Oxford Philatelic Society


    • April 29, 2023
    • April 30, 2023
    • Westlake, MI

    The Plymouth Show - April 29-30, 2023

    The Plymouth Show exhibits and bourse will be held at the Hellenic Cultural Center. Ample free parking is available adjacent to the facility and refreshments will be available throughout the show. The venue is a modern, air conditioned and handicap accessible building.

    This year, the World Series of Philately Show is back! An exciting event which brings postal history to life through exhibits. The World Series events brings different entries from across the continent.

    Another popular event at the Plymouth Show is the "Stamps in Your Closet" table. The West Suburban Stamp Club provides experienced collectors to help visitors evaluate collections and accumulations that they inherited, or have rediscovered from their own past. Our team of volunteers provides a non-threatening atmosphere where visitors can be sure they are receiving unbiased advice. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for this service. Hours of this popular program are 11 AM - 3 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.

    New to stamp collecting? We offer classes for beginners of all ages. The West Suburban Stamp club is proud to offer youth focused classes as well. If you don't know anything about philately, or stamp collecting, here is an unique opportunity to meet with people who are passionate about the hobby.

    Last, this is the place for philatelic groups to meet--The Plymouth Show has proudly hosted the annual meeting of the Peninsular State Philatelic Society, the Mobile Post Office Society and The Plate Number Coil Collectors' Club.

    Show Website: https://www.thewssc.com/plymouth-show/ 

    Show contact: showchair@plymouthshow.com

    Exhibits contact: exhibits@plymouthshow.com

    • August 10, 2023
    • August 13, 2023
    • Cleveland, Ohio

    Join Us in Cleveland!

    The Great American Stamp Show in Cleveland, Ohio will be here before you know it! The American Topical Association would like to invite you to join us as a volunteer at our booth, where there will be plenty of activity all four days, August 10-13.

    Booth volunteers have fun chatting with visitors and talking about topical collecting. Your help in making our booth a friendly, informative and fun attraction is very much appreciated.

    Be watching for future orientation sessions to learn more and get a sneak peek of the activities!

    • August 10, 2023
    • August 13, 2023
    • Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

    Great American Stamp Show 2023

    Cleveland, Ohio

    August 10-13, 2023

    Thurs - Sat 10 am - 6 pm

    Sun 10 am to 4 pm


    Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

    300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

    Host Hotel:

    The Westin Cleveland Downtown

    777 St. Claire Ave. NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

    $139 - Single and double

    Additional Information Coming Soon

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