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...

Cincinnati's Emory Hotel in 1880 was the scene of a pillow fight that raged for half an hour in the hallway where the convention attendees were housed. The corridor of the third floor resembled a heavy snow fall-so thick were the feathers. The police were called, but the participants disappeared. An innocent victim who had slept soundly through all the commotion was aroused because the evidence was thickest at his door. The police made him pay $15 damages.

    Last updated: 01/16/2000