AJ History

First 100 Years


The first volume of The National Amateur

Excerpts from accounts 1879 convention

In 1891 at Philadelphia

NAPA's first permanent constitution

Pillow fight

Almost fatal doldrums

1926 marked the semi-centennial

Little remembered giant

The Torpedo

The Mailing Bureau

Library of Amateur Journalism

Ralph Babcock

Presidents' Field

Tryout Smith

Thrift & Edkins


Amateur Press Clubs

Philadelphia Connections

National Amateur Press Association
The First 100 Years: Flashbacks...

At various times the National Amateur Press Association has had unusual stimulus, sometimes bringing it out of an almost fatal doldrums. In 1882 an article in a very popular youth magazine, St. Nicholas, had such an effect, spreading the gospel to a national audience. In 1930, Edwin Hadley Smith and Vincent B. Haggerty engineered a boy printer recruitment program with cooperation from the Kelsey Press Company of Meriden, Conn. In 1966 a good article on hobby printing in Popular Science magazine produced vital printing members. Kelsey Press Company again cooperated in 1969 to bring in another large group of printers.

    Last updated: 01/16/2000