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...

One little remembered giant in the NAPA (and many, unfortunately, fall in this category) is W. Paul Cook, who learned the printing trade in Claremont, N. H. After two issues of the Monadnock Monthly, he became an itinerant printer, then settled in Hanover, N. H., issued several large and impressive numbers of the Monadnock. In 1906 he resumed his wanderings, but settled in Athol, Mass., in 1913. During the next twenty years he published The Vagrant, fifteen issues, one 148 pages, the last 312 pages 5x7. He became official editor in 1918-19 and published a volume of 331 pages, 9x13, at a time when the allowance from the treasury was $25 an issue.

    Last updated: 01/16/2000