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T is for Topical

T IS FOR TOPICAL

Stamps relating to a single topic or theme, such as birds, space, or peace. This popular style of collecting allows people to express their individual

interests and tastes.

It is surprisingly difficult to think of a topic that has not been shown on a stamp somewhere — lightning, murder, and paperclips are among the unlikely subjects people have sought, and found, on stamps.

'Topicals' cinderella stamp

Thematic Topical Cinderella Stamp

autographed Byrd Antarctic Expedition souvenir sheet, front

Byrd Antarctic Expedition autographed souvenir sheet

This piece bears the autograph of Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Topically speaking, the item fits several themes in addition to autographed stamps, including famous people, exploration, the Antarctic, and maps. United States, 1934.