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 Photographic Association of Canada, at its meeting at the Chamber of Commerce, got through much business. The Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes hung side by side over the platform.
President J. Frank Jackson of Barrie was in the chair. There was an illustrated address on "The Importance of the Background in Portrait Photography" by G. Hanmer Croughton of this city.
The feature of the business session was the re-election of the officers who have served for the year past, as follows:
President, J. Frank Jackson, Bar-rie; first vice-president, T. J. Leatherdale, Toronto; second vice-president, Walter Dickson, Toronto; third vice-president, C. A. Lee, Listowel; treasurer, A. A. Gray, Toronto; secretary, Fred L. Roy, Peterborough.
A resolution thanking all who have helped to make the Rochester meeting a success was adopted. It was moved that the next convention be held in Montreal, which indicated a joining of forces by the photographers of Canada. The matter of the time and place, however, was left in the hands of the president.
Saw Wonders Of Photographic Manufacture On A Scale That Was Beyond Prior Conception
Every man - every woman - who ever took a picture, whether a professional or an amateur, had heard of Kodak Park. Only a few of the several thousand photographers who visited the park yesterday afternoon had any real appreciation of the magnitude of the great industrial enterprise that has made Rochester famous on five continents and in all the isles of the sea. Figures and statistics some of them had seen, but the actual sight of the park itself, the personal inspection of the miles of buildings, the gigantic scale on which the plant is operated, were as much a revelation to the visitors as if they had never heard the name of the place.
Fifty chartered cars ran at noon from the Bausch & Lomb factory in St. Paul Street to Kodak Park, on the Boulevard, and before 1 o'clock most of the photographers, their wives and friends were on the spacious grounds of the Eastman Company. Huge tents had been pitched on the lawn in front of the main entrance, and these served as dining rooms for the crowd. Another big tent in the rear was for cooking and serving. In another extemporized pavilion a band of forty pieces discoursed music for several hours. A canvas wall higher than a man's head screened the entire front of the plant for several hundred feet, and a single entrance into the roadway, leading to the building, was through a canvas tunnel, similar to that erected in front of residences at a wedding or other social function.
George Eastman, president of the company, mingled with his guests in a most democratic fashion. There was no semblance of a formal reception, but everbody wanted to shake hands with Mr. Eastman, and he was the center of animated groups during the afternoon. Henry A. Strong, Albert O. Fenn, Alexander M. Lindsay, and other prominent directors of the Eastman Company were on the grounds, as were a score of the managers of departments and chiefs of bureaus of the Eastman staff. Dozens of prominent business men, more or less closely affiliated with the Eastman enterprises, were guests of the company, as well as about 2000 photographers, their wives and families.