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Hurrah for Our Printers

Since we have some fifty new printer members, I will aim this as a welcome to them. I am a printer. I joined the NAPA in 1934, and I was an “amateur” printer until 1957 when I got a job as a commercial printer. A “professional” printer does good printing and is well paid. A “commercial” printer does the cheap printing that many people want – and gets paid a lot less. It took me several years to grow resigned to doing wrong or poor printing just because a dopey customer wanted it that way.

Recently I was told to print “pre-priced merchandise” in the largest type I had.


was not big enough so we doubled it with a line cut.

Don’t ask me what “pre-priced merchandise” means. I was just paid to print it on 5,000 sheets. Let the readers worry.

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Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit –
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– A. Nony Mouse

Don’t Quit was a poem (?) I was paid to print on an 8 x 12 sheet for framing and hanging on the wall. It seemed a shame not to use it a second time while it was set.

A Couple Of

our new printers wrote that they liked my use of fancy large type faces, so I am using a few more in this issue. Now I don’t say each printer should make each issue a hodgepodge of type faces, but don’t let the critics scare you into the opposite.

I Like Lots of Variety

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This and 90 Kittens printed for the amusement of Alf Babcock in Cranford, N. J.

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