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...

In 1931 at St. Louis, a central mailing bureau was established for the first time. Publishers could send sufficient copies to cover the membership, and they would be posted collectively with other journals. This relieved publishers of the dreary chore of addressing envelopes, keeping addresses up to date, saving them the cost of envelopes and postage, plus the additional saving of precious time. The monthly packet of journals became endearingly known as the "Bundle." It goes to every member in this country and overseas, where it is eagerly awaited, thoroughly read.

At the onset the cost was underwritten by Edwin Hadley Smith and Vincent B. Haggerty. Later it was supported in part by contributions from publishers, the deficit picked up by the association. In recent years the costs have been borne entirely by the NAPA. In days of increasing postal rates a single i ndividual mailing alone would cost a publisher approximately five times his annual dues.

The mailing manager holds a position that is the life-line of the organization. It is the most important appointment to be made by the president. The NAPA has been fortunate in finding capable and dedicated members who have handled the work and responsibility without complaint.

    Last updated: 01/16/2000