The business meetings of the twenty-ninth annual Convention of the P. A. of A., were carried out strictly according to program and with a large and highly interested attendance at every session.

The first official meeting on the program was the assembling of the State Representatives for the First Congress of Photography, and as the sessions of this body were distinct from the regular meetings of the P. A. of A., they will be dealt with separately in this report.

The first regular session of the P. A. of A., was called to order promptly at 9 A. m. Tuesday morning, July 20th, in the Assembly Hall of the Seneca Hotel, President Frank R. Barrows presiding, the order of business being as follows:

Address of Welcome, Mayor Hiram.

H. Edgerton, Rochester, N. Y.

Greeting, Edward G. Miner, Pres.

Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Response, . . Charles L. Lewis, Toledo, Ohio.

Reading of Communications,

Geo. W. Harris, Sec'y, Washington, D. C. President's Report, Frank R. Barrows, Boston, Mass. Appointment of Committees Announcements

Mayor Edgerton in his most happy manner cordially welcomed the members, and in closing said, In behalf of all our citizens I extend to you a most cordial and hearty welcome, and the freedom of our city. Go where you will, I am sure you will be welcome."

Mayor Edgerton was followed by Mr. Edward G. Miner, the President of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, who spoke of the immense photographic interests of the city, and their close connection with and importance to the visiting members, and closed by wishing the members the best of good times and inviting them to come again.

In response to the greetings Charles L. Lewis, of Toledo, Ohio, made a brief address in which he said he was sorry for any photographer who could not be present at this convention. and expressed the hope that more members for the national body might result from this convention.

Letters were read by Secretary George W. Harris, from Past Presidents George M. Ed-mondson, Cleveland, Ohio, and W. H. Potter of Indianapolis, Ind.

President Frank R. Barrows, then delivered his annual address, saying in part:

"For so many years have you honored me with a seat on your executive board and for so many years have I had the pleasure of greeting you at our conventions, that I feel as if we were now one large family. And in truth, we are in many ways like one large family. Growing up year by year, we, the children often drift apart in our ideas and beliefs, but whatever our aim, we all still hold to our parent, the grand old P. A. of A.

" Like a family, as we, the children, grow older, we think we are even wiser than our parent, and sometimes are apt to class her as old-fashioned and not up-to-date, and we seek means whereby to change her attitude so that we, poor foolish children, need not feel that shame that we falsely assume when we parade under her wing.

"Yes, we are indeed, but brothers and sisters after all.

"Associations, such as this, which usually find outward expression in annual conventions, are of two kinds or rather are formed to serve one or two purposes, protective and educative.

"The old N. P. A., the predecessor of this association was originally protective, formed by photographers to fight obnoxious patent laws and rights. The P. A. of A., was formed, after the lapse of the old society, to carry on the work of education, combined with the spirit of brotherhood. That the P. A. of A., has been led right, or, at least, has not been led wrong, is shown by the steady onward progress as recorded by the history of the society. Twenty years back the P. A. of A., was stronger than when first started. Ten years ago it was again stronger in membership and financial resource than it was in the previous decade, and to-day, nearly thirty years after its foundation, the P. A. of A., shows us the largest gathering of photographers and manufacturers that has ever assembled since the day Da-guerre first iodized a silver plate and made the first permanent photograph.

"As old-fashioned as some of we children imagine the P. A. of A., to be, it still has the vitality that bids fair to outlive us and our works as it has already outlived many another good photographer.

"But let me return to the family simile and carry it a little further. In its younger days the P. A. of A., stood alone. As its children grew older and wandered afield they too reared families of their own. Some prospered, for they were founded on good fellowship and mutual helpfulness. Some were unfortunate and while yet alive, led but a dragging existence. The younger children, profiting by the mistakes and failures of their elders, founded families on new lines and their more youthful energy and more modern viewpoint has led them to success where some of the older families have reaped disappointment.

"But while there has been friendship, there has been no union of these various family groups. Each individual family has gone its own way- What the one has found good has been condemned by another.

There has been an interchange of ideas and courtesy, but the mutual helpfulness, the spirit of 'one for all and all for one' has been lacking. While each family was working for its own good, the progress of the whole united family has been unheeded. Yet, in each family there have been members that have thought and reasoned seriously. They believed sincerely in their own families but they believed too, that the times demanded a real family reunion, making for a stronger family, one that would have such influence and power that the progress and welfare of each individual family member would be enhanced to a degree not attainable with the limited power of the smaller isolated family. Louder and louder became such expressions of belief that a reunion of the whole family seems expedient. And who has greater right to bring about such a reunion, than the parent of them all, the P. A. of A."