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...

Frank A. Kendall, of Prarie du Sac, Wisconsin, had a genuine love for typography and fine printing. His Torpedo was one of the finest examples of beautiful printing in our history. An "Old Cloister" edition of The Torpedo appeared in February 1907, set entirely in Cloister Black, printed in six colors. The cover was leather. The professional Inland Printer devoted a lengthy article to it and reproduced one of its pages. It was also displayed in many cities in offices of the American Type Founders. In July 1913 at Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was elected president, but died suddenly in November. The board of executive judges appointed his wife, the former Jennie Irene Maloney, who had established an enviable literary reputation in the association. Present-day members recall her as Jennie Irene Plasier.

    Last updated: 03/19/2005