The editorship of Word Ways brought me into contact with the National Puzzlers' League. Founded in New York City on July 4 1883 as the Eastern Puzzlers' League, this organization has for more than a century been dedicated to the construction and solution of rhymed word puzzles, a pastime as popular in the nineteenth century as the crossword is today.
Eckler, A. Ross
"The National Puzzlers' League,"
Word Ways: Vol. 47
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol47/iss1/5