This section is from the "Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1910" book, by Aristo Motto. Also see Amazon: Studio Light Incorporating The Aristo Eagle - The Artura Bulletin 1910.
This is not going to be a discourse on the merits of home portraiture or the merits of studio portraiture vs. home portraiture.
Beautiful portraits are made both ways, but the choice of methods is not always left to the photographer, as the sitter may refuse or be unable to come to the studio and every photographer has an occasional request to make an " at home portrait." It is on just such occasions that the "Eastman Portable Background Carrier" is almost an absolute necessity.
One great difficulty in making portraits in the home is that the windows best suited for lighting are frequently badly located as to background. Furniture or the wall covering or perhaps a door casing may mar the effect if the portrait is attempted under what would otherwise be the most favorable conditions.
With the portable background you need pay no attention to background conditions - just select the best point in the home for lighting and if the background as you find it isn't as it should be, you have one with you that is right - one that is quickly set up and placed in position.
Showing Carrier extended with and without background attached
The "Eastman Portable Background Carrier" is light and folds compactly, making it easy to carry.The roller, which is of large diameter, and therefore holds the grounds without cracking them, will accommodate any number of grounds, although with a selection of two or three all ordinary conditions will be met. All grounds can be permanently fastened to the roller. To bring the one you want to the front, simply turn to it as you would turn the leaves of a book. These grounds are made of best material - painted by back-ground
Carrier Folded experts. With this convenient outfit you will be prepared to take care of your "away from the studio" sittings. If a customer cannot come to the studio, put the studio under your arm and take it with you. See your dealer about it to-day.
Eastman Portable Background Carrier -
Cloud ground, 4 ft.
Cloud ground, 5 ft.
Blend ground, 4 ft.
Blend ground, 5 ft.
Larger sizes to order, 10 cents per square foot.
Scenic ground, 4 ft.
Scenic ground, 5 ft.
Backgrounds furnished separately in different sizes as listed.
Note - The length of the carrier extended is 8 feet 6 inches, and folded 27½ inches. Weight, 3 lbs. 7 oz.