The recent National Convention, held in St. Paul, was a success from every point of view. The exhibits of the manufacturers were unusually large - the number and quality of photographers' exhibits were exceptionally good, the attendance was above the average and the location of the Convention Hall and its arrangement was most convenient.

The wide publicity given the Convention and its many special features, both educational and social, brought many new faces to St. Paul this year, and all who came were loud in their praise of the Executive Board which so successfully planned the Convention, and the Twin Cities and photographers of the Northwest who so royally entertained it.

The reception by the officers of the Association in the St. Paul Hotel, Monday evening, broke the ice for the following days of work and play, and there were no strangers to be found after the opening day. The various lectures were of absorbing interest, those in the evening being followed by informal dances, which were very pleasant affairs.

The series of demonstrations by Rudolph Duhrkoop and his daughter followed the lines of Home Portraiture rather than regular Studio work. The sittings were made by the light of an ordinary window in the assembly hall, and the accessories were only those one would find in the average home. The light was handled by a few pieces of white cloth, used as reflector and screens, and the results obtained were most interesting and suggestive of the great possibilities along these lines.

The demonstrations of posing, lighting and handling of draperies by Mr. Don Scott of the Eastman School of Photography, were of such interest that the Seed Demonstrating Room was filled to overflowing at all times with those who were anxious to see the methods used by Mr. Scott. The drapery effects were beautiful and the negatives made on the new Seed 30 Plates were excellent examples of the quality of this new Seed product. The demonstrations of Etching Sepia Platinum, Artura and the New Artura-Method Sepia, as well as Azo Sepias, filled the Paper Demonstrating Room every day with those who were anxious to take home new ideas.

In the general display on the main floor, one entire end of the hall was a beautiful vine covered pergola. On the wall, banked with hundreds of potted plants, was the exhibit of Eastman Etching Sepia Platinum, Artura, Artura Sepia and Aristo. The prints exhibited were from the studios of many prominent photographers throughout the United States, and to these men we wish to extend our thanks for the beautiful examples of their work which made this exhibit by far the most interesting one on the main floor. The many easy lounging chairs under the pergola were a haven of rest to many a tired visitor. The exhibit of Eastman Professional Materials was highly attractive, there being on exhibition a complete line of all the Studio Cameras, Apparatus and Sundries, as well as many beautiful enlargements on Bromide and Artura Carbon Black.

Of the business of the Convention, probably the most interesting subject was the discussion of the plan of President Harris to divide the United States into an Eastern and Western section by a line running North and South, the object being to hold the National Convention East of the line one year, and West of the line the following year. The matter was presented to the Congress, was favorably passed upon, and adopted by the Association.

This line follows the Mississippi River north to the Ohio River, then on the Ohio River to the Indiana line and over the Indiana line to Lake Erie. The section East of this line has a photographic population of 6300 and West of the line, 6100. The number of large cities in the Eastern and Western sections are approximately the same.

The election of officers for the coming year resulted as follows:

President, Ben Larrimer, Marion, Indiana.

1st Vice-President, Chas. F. Townsend, Des Moines, Iowa.

2nd Vice-President, Will H. Towles, Washington, D. C.

Treasurer, L. A. Dozer, Bucyrus, Ohio.

Secretary, Manly W. Tyree, Raleigh, N. C.

Retiring President Harris was presented with a beautiful silver loving cup by his many friends in appreciation of his untiring efforts in behalf of the Association, and as a token of the esteem in which he is held by those who know of his genial good fellowship.

The fight for the 1912 Convention was between Atlanta, Ga., and Philadelphia, Pa., the latter city winning by a vote of 181 to 107. The success of the next Convention is assured, and from the many favorable comments on the next meeting place, the attendance will be far greater than ever before in the history of the Association.

Among the amusement features which were interspersed with the more serious work of the Convention, were several trips to the many beautiful parks and lakes of the Twin Cities in special cars chartered for the occasions. Refreshments were served and the amusement features were free to the members of the Association, who demonstrated the fact that they could play as hard as they could work. Every one went away from the Saintly City with only words of praise for the hospitality received and regret that so successful a convention must come to a close so soon.

Two Letters

The letter of June 6, 1911, which we reproduce on the back cover of Studio Light, is a sincere acknowledgment of Seed Plate quality. Mr. Duhrkoop has used Seed Plates since his first visit to the United States during the St. Louis World's fair.

The following letter of July 28, 1911, is a further acknowledgment of the writer's conviction after his second visit to the United States as the principal attraction of the National Convention at St. Paul:

July 28, 1911.

I have seen the many wonderful results on the different exhibitions produced from the Seed Plates since I have been around the Convention Hall, have talked with the great photographers that speak so well of Seed Plates, and am convinced that I have made no mistake in choosing them for my work, and shall be glad to recommend them altogether for the future with pleasure.

(Signed)

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Only 60 Days

That is not very long, but it is ample time if you get busy at once and make an effort to capture a part of the $2500.00 prize money of the Kodak Advertising Contest.

Begin by sending for the illustrated Souvenir Portfolio of the 1910 Contest and full information in regard to the 1911 Contest. The Portfolio and information is free for the asking, and the illustrations will give you an idea of the pictures that make good. Look them over carefully and go about the illustration of your own idea with one object in view; to make your picture tell a story as simply as possible.

The judges are among the best advertising men in the country and they are quick to see whether a picture really does tell a story or not. If not, no matter how good it may be as a picture, it has little value for advertising purposes.

You need not go to any expense in arranging details, for too much in the way of accessories almost invariably detracts from the picture. Get your idea, plan the details and make your negative at once so you may have time to improve upon the idea if you are not satisfied with your first efforts.

The Contest closes September 20th, and you can have some of that prize money as well as the other fellow. You may have a picture in mind you feel will be better than those in the 1910 Portfolio. If so, it will be worth your while to get your camera to working and make your entry before it is too late.