National Amateur Press Association
The First 100 Years: Flashbacks...
The first volume of
The National Amateur
was edited by Clement C. Chase. John Winslow Snyder was elected
official editor by the 1878 Chicago meeting but declined. Several
others declined, not knowing what was expected of them. Finally
Mr. Chase was elected. The first issue, 9"x 12", was in 3-column
format in four pages. It contained a convention report, the
president's message, editorials and an article on "Early
Campaigning" by A. J. Huss. The first issue had a two-page
supplement containing an interview with the postmaster general
paving the way for second-class entry. Amateur editors had claimed
that the Proposed one cent postage would doom the association.
The account of the convention was not official as the secretary
was quoted as saying, "The minutes of the late NAPA convention are
not for publication."