St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 25, 1911.

To the Photographers of America:

I wish to join in the invitation already given the Photographic Association of America to meet in St. Paul during the week of July twenty-fourth and to assure the members of that organization that they have chosen an ideal location for this gathering. The Twin Cities are surrounded by both natural and artificial beauties which place them in a class by themselves from the artistic standpoint. You may be assured of most cordial welcome from all our people.

Yours very truly, A. O. Eberhart, Governor of the State of Minnesota.

Thus reads the cordial welcome just sent via letter-telegram by the governor of Minnesota, showing how great is the interest taken by all classes of people in the coming National Meeting at St. Paul. St. Paul is truly a beautiful city in the summer time and well worth the visit that nearly all photographers who are wise propose to make a few weeks from now.

If we could only make our readers realize the unusual program which has been prepared by President Harris for this meeting and put the city of St. Paul before them in pictures instead of only words, the combination would be such that no one could resist, even if it meant the foregoing of other pleasures or another vacation.

Never in the history of the Association has so much money been devoted to the procuring of the very best in each department into which the convention affairs naturally divide themselves. Rudolph Duhrkoop, the world's master in portraiture, is making the trip especially for this convention, that he may show our photographers how he makes pictures. Not only Duhrkoop, but his daughter, too, will be here to teach us, and they do say that Duhrkoop's daughter ranks among women as high as he does among men. Duhrkoop himself attributes much of his success to his daughter and her wonderful artistic sense. The presence of Miss Duhrkoop will naturally appeal to our women photographers, so they will have a two-fold attraction as the Federation of Women Photographers is again to hold its sessions in conjunction with the meetings of the Association.

Then Alyn Williams, an Englishman who has reached the topmost rungs of the ladder of artistic success, will come over from the old country to lecture. His subject will be, "A Painter's view upon different forms of composition, and light and shade, as applied to Photography." That sounds interesting, and from all we hear, the man is as interesting as the subject of his lecture. He is not only president of the Royal Society of Miniature Painting of England, but also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and Associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Arts, the leading art societies of Great Britain.

Leslie Miller, one of our own people, and president of the School of Industrial Arts of Philadelphia, will lecture on "Some Lessons for Photographers from Great Masters of Painting." Those who had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Miller talk before the members of the Pennsylvania Society, early this spring, say that his talk is full of "meat" and the best thing they had ever heard on those lines.

William H. Rau of Philadelphia forms the third of the big trio of lecturers. He will talk on a subject that is as familiar to him as his own name. His subject will be "Commercial Photography and its Possibilities." It will be splendidly illustrated and should attract numbers of the commercial folk, a class that has too often been neglected in our conventions.

A subject which no photographer can know too much about will be discussed by Juan C. Abel. An illustrated talk on practical advertising for photographers will be his share of the general instruction and it will pay the man who knows how to make good pictures but does not know how to get the public to buy them, to listen to this talk.

The Women's Federation will have its own lecturer, too, and it will have its own exhibition of pictures. From all accounts this exhibition will surpass that of last year, and it was admitted on all sides that that exhibition pushed that of the men very hard.

Then there are the entertainments. Thousands of dollars have been collected for entertaining and a good time is assured. The trip to the Yellowstone Park which is being arranged for the members, to start immediately after the Convention, will also be a point of attraction to many, who may not readily be so near that Wonderland of Nature again.

It does seem as if the possibilities of a convention had been exhausted this year. Certain it is, that a program of such quality and fullness has never been offered the members of the P. A. of A. before and it is hard to see how any man who can possibly get the money together can stay away.

Miss Duhrkoop.

Miss Duhrkoop.

Who will assist her father in his demonstrations at St. Paul.