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(For other Napae, see NAPA (Disambiguation).)
The National Amateur Press Association, founded in 1876, is one of the largest and oldest mundane APAs. However, many fans have been members of the National (as it is called informally), and some prominent fans have come into our microcosm through this association (Bill Danner, Helen Wesson, e.g.).
NAPA is primarily a club for hobby printers with, naturally, some appeal to amateur writers. The mundane APAs predated fandom's, going back to the 1880s, but were the inspiration for fandom's, probably largely through the participation of H. P. Lovecraft as an amateur journalist and a member of both NAPA and UAPA.
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