The Poway Stamp Club of San Diego County is a member and affiliate of the American Philatelic Society (APS).
The APS has members in more than 110 countries, it is the largest, non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. Founded in 1886, the APS serves collectors, educators, postal historians and the general public by providing a wide variety of programs and services.
The members of the Poway Stamp Club are proud supporters of the Guyana Philatelic Society and the Stamp Collectors of Guyana. The Poway Stamp Club helps support the Society and the newly opened Guyana Philatelic Library.
The Poway Stamp Club Is ATA Affiliation chapter #137
The American Topical Association (ATA) was founded in 1949 to bring together people who enjoy collecting postage stamps by topics. Throughout ATA’s history, that mission has not changed, but ATA has grown as topical collecting has become one of the most popular areas of philately.
Through its numerous programs and services, ATA has encouraged beginning, as well as experienced, topical enthusiasts to collect, research, study and share their topics. Members have enthusiastically shared knowledge and research and have encouraged others.
Has your collecting hit a brick wall? Are the stamps of the country or specialty you collect just too hard to find or way beyond your budget? Is your head swimming from looking for secret marks or from parsing too many Franklin-Washington’s? Then take a break by starting a topical collection. What are your interests outside of stamp collecting? There are probably stamps which celebrate or chronicle that interest and they don’t cost fifty dollars a stamp.
Our affiliation with the ATA offers us a chance to broaden our philatelic horizons. Our newsletter is now reaching a national audience and we are able to tap into a wealth of educational philatelic material. We may even attract a few new members.