Dear Fellow Photographer:

The letter which follows has just been received:

Chambre Syndicale Francaise De La Photograph Ie.

Paris, France, 7 February, 1919. Dear Mr. MacDonald:

The great war in which America joined us in the defence of civilization has ended by the victory of righteousness. But a great many members of our profession of the North and East of France, occupied by the enemy, have been ruined, their photographic implements taken off, and their houses destroyed.

In a general meeting our "Cham-bre Syndicale" decided, on the 9th of last January, to help our unfortunate fellow-photographers and to start a subscription with the object of collecting money to this end.

May I trouble you in consideration of your well known charitable feelings and request you to promote, if possible among our American fellow-photographers, a subscription, the proceeds of which would be a great assistance to our work.

Please accept my best wishes for all that you will be able to do,

With the hope we shall soon meet again in Paris, believe me,

Yours faithfully,

L. Vallois,

Pres.

The majority of these men have been serving with the French army - only to find that everything that they left at home is wiped out - no studio, no apparatus, and frequently no family - nothing with which to resume life.

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From Artura Iris Print By Mrs. Emma Hilton New York, N. Y.

If we Americans don't help them there is no one who will - for there is no one else who can. British, Italians and French are equally impoverished, while we American photographers have made more money than ever before. Give something real, not just a little loose change as you would to a beggar, but generously, as you would to a good old pal who had been hit - and hit hard.

I know the men at the head of the society, they are careful, conservative, and level-headed.

I will start the fund with five hundred dollars - you can send your checks to me - made out to me, and I will forward the whole sum by American Express, and publish the list.

This is the first, and last and only call. It is too worthy a cause to be begged for. Cordially yours, Pirie MacDonald, 576 Fifth Avenue, New York.

A Paying Investment

Photography has been fortunate - the war has established it with greater firmness and greater favor in the public mind, so it cannot be said that reconstruction applies to photography in the same sense as to many other kinds of business. The period of reconstruction does, however, offer the photographer the opportunity for greater progress.

Business has been good - it has also been profitable, and now is the time to invest a portion of that profit in the equipment that is needed to give your studio tone - equipment that will increase efficiency and create the favorable impressions necessary to maintain your well earned prestige.

Charge off worn out or makeshift apparatus to profit and loss and invest in the things your business needs to modernize it. A new outfit is not an expense - it's an investment and if it's a good outfit it's a good investment. Read the following descriptions, choose the outfit that best fits your needs and send an enquiry to your dealer to-day.

Century Studio Outfits No. 7 and No. 8 have become the standard equipment of photographers requiring the convenience of double Portrait Film or Plate Holders; means for quickly making two exposures on a film or plate; rapidity and smoothness in operation combined with unusual attractiveness in design and finish. The No. 7 and No. 8 Studio Outfits are alike in design and general appearance, the difference being in the heavier construction of the No. 8 Outfit because of its larger size.

No. 8 Studio Outfit.

No. 8 Studio Outfit.

The No. 8 Century Studio Outfit includes an 11 x 14 Studio Camera; one 11 x 14 Sliding Ground Glass Carriage, with double Portrait Film or Plate Holder; one 8 x 10 and one 5x7 Reversible Adapter Back, each back supplied with one double Portrait Film or Plate Holder; one No. 2 Semi-Centennial Stand.

The No. 7 Century Studio Outfit consists of an 8 x 10 Studio Camera; one 8 x 10 Sliding Ground Glass Carriage; one 5x7 Reversible Adapter Back; one 8 x 10 and one 5x7 Eastman Double Portrait Film or Plate Holder; one No. 1 Semi-Cen-tennial Stand. (These outfits are standard stock for the stock houses, but others will read this, so act promptly to avoid delay.)

Century Studio Cameras are thoroughly well made of heavy selected mahogany and cherry, handsomely finished in the natural wood. All metal parts are polished brass. The bellows are of heavy wear resisting material and of a color that harmonizes with the body of the camera.

The focusing back of these cameras rests upon small V shaped metal rollers which travel in V grooves in the heavy camera bed. This arrangement permits quick and smooth movement of the camera-back into position where it is locked with a large draw knob. Focusing is then completed by turning focusing knob on either the right or left hand side of the camera.

The vertical and horizontal swings are quickly adjusted by worm screw and sector devices, conveniently located - in fact all adjustments may be made by the operator from a position behind the camera.

Studio Outfit.

No. 7. Studio Outfit.

From An Artura Iris Print By Mrs. Emma Hilton New York, N. Y.

From An Artura Iris Print By Mrs. Emma Hilton New York, N. Y.

From An Artura Iris Print By Mrs. Emma Hilton New York, N. Y.

From An Artura Iris Print By Mrs. Emma Hilton New York, N. Y.

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