This section is from the "Studio Light And The Aristo Eagle - A Magazine Of Information For The Profession 1909" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light And The Aristo Eagle - A Magazine Of Information For The Profession 1909.
I am sure that the results of this are going to be forwarded until we shall number three-fourths of the photographers of the United States under one head. It is unfortunate that with a national body we are obliged to go to some manufacturer or dealer to secure a list of names whereby we may reach the photographers of the United States. If we have a body of this kind where the secretaries of state associations and secretary of the National Association co-operate, we will in our own manner and way be able to reach every photographer in the United States and have a perfect list. We can ask the states to do their part in carrying on the work that now devolves upon five men. If each state would do its part, it would ease our work in the National Association and we can increase our membership, finance and brotherhood and the good of the cause. I do not believe there is a man here but who realizes what may be accomplished if we will become a united body of photographers throughout the United States. I do not think that prejudice or the opinion of one set of men, or one man should rule. I believe we should come together and avoid these little peculiar notions that we may have of our own, and come to some plan of action, and keep it just as simple as we possibly can until we get organized. If then we have failures, they can be adjusted after once we are under a working body.
With these suggestions I believe I have made it fairly clear to you what may be accomplished, and shall be glad to receive now the names of one whom you would like to have as your permanent chairman.
The first business of the Congress was to consider a revision of the constitution and by-laws of the P. A. of A.
The chair named the following committee to act and report to the Congress and to the National Association:
C. L. Lewis, Clarence M. Hayes, H. A. Bliss, L. F. Hammer, J. F. Jackson.
The action and proceedings of this committee is given above in the account of the regular meetings of the association.
It is expected that among the first questions that will be taken up by the congress at its deliberations in Milwaukee, a year hence, will be the establishment of a uniform scale of weights and measures as applied to photographers' chemical supplies and the matter of copyright and attempt to limit the present practically unrestricted use of photographic pictures by the press.
From brief speeches by several of the officials, it was impressed on the delegates, that in view of the new federation it was extremely desirable to undertake the formation of associations in all states which are as yet unorganized.
EASTMAN SCHOOL of Professional Photography, Winnipeg, Man., Sept. 8, 9, 10. Auspices Duffin & Co.