There was a time when the photographer who discovered something that seemed new, guarded his secret with the utmost caution, lest his brother photographers learn of the method or process and derive some benefit thereby, but those times have changed, and in the Philadelphia Convention we have learned what a real Get-together Convention means. We have seen the greatest lights of our profession, not only willing but anxious to impart information that would be of benefit to those who are struggling to better their work, and in so doing, better the profession in general. It was the spirit of broad minded helpfulness which seemed to pervade this meeting of photographers. It was marked by gracious hospitality, by good fellowship and by the interchange of valuable ideas and experiences.

The Congress is to become a most important factor in future convention affairs and we predict that the removal of the per capita tax will bring the various State Associations in much closer touch with the National Association than ever before. Each state is to be allowed two delegates, and it is desired that these delegates come to the Congress instructed by their State Association, that the legislation submitted by Congress to the vote of the National Association may be of equal benefit to photographers in all parts of the country.

Slight changes in the constitution will tend to discourage unwise legislation by making it necessary for all matters brought before the convention to lay over one year before being finally voted upon.

Of the lecture features, the talk by Frank Jewel Raymond seemed to touch the most responsive chord, indicating that the business end of photography is recognized as of equal importance with the artistic. Mr. Raymond says: "Success lies in doing the common things uncommonly good."

One must understand the artist to appreciate Mr. Stieglitz, and there were many who seemed to grasp his views very quickly. Mr. Stieglitz has accomplished much for photography and his talk had much in it for those who are familiar with the work of the Photo Secession.

The demonstrations of negative making by leading photographers of the country were of unusual interest and showed in a forceful way that what the workman lacks is not so much facility as the ability to see the wonderful effects of light and shade that are all about us.

The Woman's Federation was well attended and the lectures and demonstrations were practical and instructive. The federation is growing stronger every year and its work should be encouraged by the support of every woman in our profession.

From An Etching Black Platinum Print By W. C. Noetzel Newton Center, Mass.

From An Etching Black Platinum Print By W. C. Noetzel Newton Center, Mass.

The manufacturers exhibits were in the main hall, one entire end being devoted to the professional apparatus manufactured by the Eastman Co. The beautiful foyer at the head of the magnificent marble stairway contained exhibits of the various papers manufactured by the Eastman Company. The hundreds of prints from studios of many of the leading photographers were hung on harmonious backgroundsof velvet with appropriate drapings which blended in with the tones of the stately marble columns between which they were placed. It was a wonderful display which held the interest of everyone.

Restful lounging seats made for the comfort of the visitor and the beautiful foyer was a most popular rendezvous.

There was a large exhibit of photographs from all parts of the country that were selected and hung in the exhibit room. It was worth careful study and received the close attention it deserved. The women's exhibit showed unusual talent as did also the many prints from foreign exhibitors.

There were so many good things that it is not possible to tell of them all in so short a space but we must not forget the entertainment features. Who has visited Atlantic City and not had a good time? Everyone knows of the wonderful board walk attractions and nothing was missed by the guests of the Association.

The Philadelphia boys probably have as great a reputation for entertaining as any lot of good fellows in the country and they did themselves proud on Friday evening. From the first morsel of food to the last dance, it was one Midsummer Night's Revel and Turngemeinde Hall vibrated from basement to roof with the shouts and laughter of a great body of grown up children who were relaxing after a strenuous convention week.

Chicago, St. Louis, Denver and Kansas City were the leading candidates for next year's meeting place, the latter city being selected.

Officers selected for the coming year were: President, Chas. F. Townsend, Des Moines, Iowa; First Vice-President, Manly Tyree. Raleigh, N. C.; Second Vice-President, Will H. Towles, Washington, D. C.; Secretary, Homer F. Harden, Wichita, Kansas.

Women's Federation: Katharine Jamieson, President, Pittsburg, Pa.: Lora B. McDaniels, First Vice-President, Springfield, Ill.; Bessie Weiser, Second Vice-President, Richmond, Ind; May-belle D. Goodlander, Secretary-Treasurer, Muncie, Ind.

From An Etching Black Platinum Print By W. C. Noetzei Newton Center, Mass.

From An Etching Black Platinum Print By W. C. Noetzei Newton Center, Mass.