The Kansas City Convention of the P. A. of A. has taken its place in convention history as one of the most interesting and novel meetings ever held by the Association.

While the attendance was not as great as at some previous conventions, those present took great interest in the lectures of Frank Jewel Raymond, Dr. C. E. Kenneth Mees and J. C. Abel, the educational features of the studio, the business meetings and exhibits, and from the standpoint of attention and interest of those present, the meeting was a great success.

Reports of extremely hot weather probably kept some away, and the location naturally tended to make it a Western convention. As a consequence there were not many in attendance from either the extreme East or West, but the Central States were well represented, as well as those to the North and South, and the weather conditions proved ideal.

The great Kansas City Convention Hall was none too large to house the manufacturers' exhibits, which were probably the best ever shown at a National Convention. One entered the hall through the center of the Eastman exhibit, which formed a half circle covering one entire end of the hall. The architectural scheme was that of a great peristyle. The cornice and roof were supported by large columns, the color scheme being old ivory and gold. Lights concealed in the ceiling illuminated the picture exhibits, which were artistically arranged on the green velvet hangings of the back wall. Masses of green plants tended to rest tired eyes, while electric fans and easy lounging chairs made for the comfort of the visitor while examining the excellent work of the many prominent photographers whose prints made up the paper exhibits of the Eastman Company.

The exhibit of the new Artura Red Tones excited a great deal of interest and made it necessary for the printers in the studio to make a special demonstration, showing how easily the red tones are secured. The black and white and sepia tones on Artura came in for their share of praise, as did also the Zelta and Etching Sepia and Etching Black Platinum exhibits.

One section was given over to an exhibit of eleven enlargements from negatives made for Kodak advertising purposes. $1675.00 was paid for the eleven negatives from which these enlargements were made, and the exhibit did much to show the photographer the advertising value of a picture that tells a story quickly and to the point, and which creates a desire for the goods advertised. Such pictures will win prizes in the Kodak Advertising Contest.

The plate exhibit was also a film exhibit, for the Eastman Portrait Film, shown for the first time, was the real sensation of the convention. Since the introduction of dry plates, there has been no greater advance step in the manufacture of photographic materials - no one thing which will mean more to the progressive photographer, than the introduction of the Eastman Portrait Film.

Not only for home portraiture but for studio work as well, film means better work, greater ease in manipulation, saving in time, the elimination of breakage, lightness and compactness in storing; but greater than all these advantages is the film quality. The exhibit was made up of a dozen beautiful home portrait film negatives, with positives and prints from same, which showed their remarkable non-halation and chemical quality. The methods of handling were also explained by the attendants in charge of the exhibit.

The center of the hall was filled with many smaller booths which were artistically decorated, the opposite end being taken up by the practical studio. Directly in front of the studio was the large exhibit of Eastman Professional Apparatus, including the line of Century Studio Cameras, Stands, etc. The F. & S. Studio Magazine Plate and Cut Film Holder was one of the new things recognized as a decided convenience and a most practical camera accessory. The holder carries twelve plates or films, which are rapidly changed from one compartment to another by a sliding motion of the back, making it easy to make a dozen exposures very quickly and without removing the magazine for focusing.

The Practical Studio was practical and a great deal of good was derived from the expert instruction of those in charge. Daddy Lively and his force of receptionists were in attendance to explain their methods of handling customers in the sales department of the studio. Mr. Venard gave expert instruction in retouching, working in backgrounds and etching. Mr. George Holloway, in charge of the operating, was assisted by a number of able photographers, the means of lighting the subjects being entirely by artificial light, which was not as practical a demonstration to the average photographer, as would have been the case had a skylight been available.

From An Artura Iris Print Home Portrait By C. H. Wiebmer.

From An Artura Iris Print Home Portrait By C. H. Wiebmer. St. Paul, Minn.

The printing room was exceptionally well arranged and a very competent force of printers, in charge of Mr. Frank Medlar, showed the latest printing methods, masking, tinting, dodging, etc., as well as how to secure the new Artura Red Tones, which were so much admired.

Of the business of the Association, the most radical departure was the decision to employ a paid secretary at a salary not to exceed $2000.00 per year. The decision was reached after a long discussion in which the advantages for and against such a move were set forth. The selecting of the secretary was left to a committee of the following past presidents: Mr. G. W. Harris, Chairman, Washington, D. C.; Mr. Ben Larrimer,

Marion, Ind.; Mr. Charles F. Townsend, Des Moines, la.

The Kansas City photographers and dealers entertained the entire convention at Electric Park with a special vaudeville show and free admissions to a number of the park attractions. The ladies were given automobile rides about the city and parks, and a breakfast by Miss Reineke in her new studio, and it is needless to say that these entertainments were heartily enjoyed and appreciated.

The officers elected for the coming year were as follows:

Officers Elect

President - Manly W. Tyree, Raleigh, N. C.

First Vice-President - Will H. Towles, Washington, D. C.

Second Vice-President - Homer F. Harden, Wichita, Kansas.

Treasurer - L. A. Dozer, Bucy-rus, Ohio.

Secretary - (to be selected).

Woman's Federation

President - Pearl Grace Loehr, New York City.

First Vice-President - Clara Louise Hagins, Chicago.

Second Vice - President - May belle Goodlander, Muncie, Ind.

Secretary-Treasurer - Sara F. T. Price, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

Commercial Federation

President - R. W. Johnston, Pittsburg, Pa.

Vice-President - Charles D. Kaufman, Chicago.

Secretary - E. S. Caywood, Philadelphia.

Treasurer - S. W. Cole, Danville, Va.

In our grandparents' time, picture-taking meant long sittings in uncomfortable, strained attitudes - with success always more or less in doubt.

There was excuse in the old days for not having pictures taken at frequent intervals.

But to-day, clever photographers, in comfortable studios, with fast plates and fast lenses at their command, make the experience a pleasure.

And you owe this satisfaction to your-yourself and to your friends.

There's a photographer in your town. Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y.

There's a photographer in your town. Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y.