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.
The pictures were a feast not only for the novice attending his first convention, but for the hardened old convention goer of many years standing.
The various manufacturers of photographic papers had likewise remarkably attractive displays, the collection of exquisite prints on Aristo, C'ollodio Carbon, An-gelo, Nepera and the new Etching Black Platinum papers of the Eastman Kodak Company, occupying the entire south gallery, and extending fully half way along the east gallery, were at all times the center of an interested and pleased throng.
Every inch of space on the main floor of the spacious hall was taken up by the handsomely decorated booths devoted to the various trade exhibits.
When the announcement was make at Detroit last year of the selection of Rochester for the next convention, the Eastman Kodak Company stated that they •would step back and make no selection of space for exhibiting at the Rochester convention until every other intending exhibitor had made selection and reservation.
The model shared the honors with the demonstrator - Rochester Herald.
When all reservations had been made, it was seen that the entire space of the main floor had been taken, making it impossible for the company to make a full display, and therefore nothing but pictures were shown and those in the gallery.
The various factories devoted to the manufacture of photographic goods, were naturally of great interest to the visitors, and by means of a carefully prepared schedule, which did not in any way conflict with the convention program, the Company was enabled to invite the visitors to inspect them. It is needless to state that practically every photographer in attendance took advantage of the invitation and highly interested parties thronged all the factories during visitors hours.
Kodak Park, the immense plant devoted to the manufacture of sensitized products was, of course, the center of attraction, and on Wednesday the photog-graphers visited the park in a body, on special invitation of the Company; details of the visit are afforded in the reprint from the Rochester Herald published elsewhere in this issue.
On Wednesday, Manufacturers Day, before visiting Kodak Park, the visitors were given a thorough exposition of high-grade lens making by the Bausch & Lomb Optical Company, a complete plant showing all the processes, being specially erected in their new building. Tight refreshments were served and the visitors had a highly enjoyable time.
Rochester as a city was particularly cognizant of the visit of the photographers, as the photographic industry is so closely allied with its welfare: many of the buildings, and all of the photographic factories being handsomely decorated.
The comfort and entertainment of the visiting ladies were amply provided for. On Monday evening an informal reception was held in Assembly Hall in the Hotel Seneca, and on Tuesday afternoon they were tendered a special outing, a boat ride on Irondequoit Bay, and picnic by the Rochester Section of the P. S. S. of N. Y. The ladies were, of course, much in evidence at the regular sessions of the convention and at all the other entertainments provided for the members.
On Thursday evening the members and their wives and friends were the guests of the Eastman Kodak Company at a picnic dinner and entertainment at Ontario Beach Park, Rochester's favorite resort.
Through some slip on the part of the weather man, just before time for the visitors to start for the lake - down came the rain, the good old fashioned kind, that indicated a determination to keep it up all night, even if it took all the water in the lake to do it. But for once the weather man was doomed to disappointment, the more it rained the better the photographers seemed to like it, as with jokes, smiles and umbrellas they dashed wildly for the special cars that were to carry them to the lake.
The Eastman Company had announced the entertainment as an informal one, and their guests took them at their word, and proceeded to enjoy themselves to the limit.
Fully two thousand members and their friends passed through the gates and were seated at the tallies on the immense canvas-covered platform for the picnic dinner. Fortunately the rain abated somewhat during the dinner hour, allowing the guests to dine in comfort.
It did rain a little - Rochester Herald.
A happy incident of the dinner was a surprise on the popular President Frank R. Barrows.
The members of the Photographers' Association of America presented to him as president a beautiful gold watch and chain and some incidentals which the good humor of his friends suggested. The value of the watch is $300. The inscription on the inside cover of the watch is:
"Presented to F. R. Barrows by the boys of the P. A. of A., '09." Mr. Barrows' monogram is engraved on the back of the timepiece.
The presentation of the timepiece came near the close of the dinner, and the donors were represented by H. A. Collings, of the Eastman Kodak Company. Mr. Barrows and Mr. Collings have been intimate friends for many years, and the latter was torn by conflicting emotions as he gave his little talk, his jovial nature struggling hard to overcome the pressure of sentimental considerations. President Barrows gave every evidence of being deeply touched by the thoughtfulness of his friends and associates, who had taken occasion to mark the completion by their president of a decade of faithful service.
During a lull in the music, Mr. Collings climbed upon a table and after recovering his poise was seen struggling to haul someone up to his perch. He soon had President Barrows beside him and endeavored to still the enthusiasm which the appearance of Mr. Barrows kindled in the guests.