Topical Class One-frame Challenge

The Tasmanian Philatelic Society will be offering a special One-frame Topical Class challenge as part of the Hobart 20/20 Stamp and Postcard Exhibition, .

16-sheet entries based on this class can be submitted and in addition to the standard prizes and awards for all entries, will be eligible to compete for a special prize for the class.

Topical class is a new experimental class offered by the Australian Philatelic Federation. It allows exhibitors to choose a topic and show stamps and other philatelic material including covers, postal stationery and revenues which fit this topic.Non-philatelic material such as postcards and ephemera are not to be included in the exhibit.

We will provide a presentation on Topical Class but in the meantime we will provide the draft Rules shortly. Please call back or contact us and we will email them to you when available [visit Contact page...]

About the Topical Class

The Topical Class provides collectors with the opportunity to exhibit material by topic or subject. The items in the exhibit are connected by the subject shown and not by a Thematic theme or a Traditional country treatment.

All items in the exhibit should fit the subject shown. Examples of a Topical Class exhibit could include birds, vehicles or scientists on stamps but the options are endless. The difference between Thematic Philately and the Topical Class is that a topical class exhibit would show only philatelic items depicting the subject while a Thematic exhibit would have a theme which would allow the inclusion of philatelic items related to the theme, for example, a topical exhibit of motor cars could be arranged by make, model and year and include material depicting cars while a thematic exhibit cover the history of the motor car and include material showing car manufacturers and designers, factories, road safety, roads and material related to petroleum.

A Topical exhibit is organised and arranged according to some sort of classification system and this must be explained on the Title page. Some examples of a classification system are:

  • scientific or taxonomic classifications for classes of minerals, gems, plants or animals
  • an organisational classification for topics such as Rotary or Red Cross
  • event-related classification for topics such as Olympics
  • form or style for topics such as bridges or cars

The exhibit must include philatelic material only. [Exhibitors wishing to include non-philatelic material need to consider Open Class as the avenue to exhibit while exhibitors wishing to show picture postcards should consider entering the Postcard Class.]

Download the Rules

TOPICAL CLASS v 5 - 7 Feb 2020

Joint Meeting TPS/RPSV Thur 12 Nov 7:30.

A meeting of the Tasmanian Philatelic Society and the Royal Philatelic Society of Victoria will be held from 7:30 at Hadley’s Hotel.

A major display and talk featuring a significant Tasmanian collection will be presented followed by supper. All welcome but please advise us of your attendance.

President's Drinks Fri 13 Nov 6:30

Join us for a pre-dinner drink at Hadleys Hotel from 6:30 PM. All welcome. Drinks may be purchased from the bar.

Awards Dinner Sat 14 Nov 7:30

Awards Dinner at Hadley’s Hotel.

Dinner Tickets wil be available for purchase  Рmore details soon.

Certificates and medals will be presented to those present.

There will be an auction of very collectable exhibition Souvenir items.