This book distributed to members
National Amateur Press Association
in convention assembled
as a souvenir
of its centennial anniversary
"The first 100 years are the hardest..."
who practice this pursuit with spirit and devotion,
to those who did practice it with spirit and devotion,
and to those who will practice it with spirit and devotion,
THIS BOOK IS GREATFULLY DEDICATED
The word amateur has come by the thousand oddities of language
to convey an idea of tepidity; whereas the word itself has the
meaning of passion. Nor is this peculiarity confined to the mere
form of the word; the actual characteristic of these nameless
dilettanti is a genuine fire and reality. A man must love a thing
very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or
money, but even practice it without any hope of doing it well.
Such a man must love the toils of the work more than any other man
can love the rewards of it.
G. K. Chesterton