Considering the fact that it was July and that the location was Washington, where one could expect to find it rather warm, the 41st Annual Convention of the P. A. of A. was a very good convention, though possibly not quite up to that of recent years in point of attendance.

The territory represented by those present, however, was as large as at any recent convention. There were two photographers from Great Britain, one from Honolulu, several from California and Canada and a very good representation from the middle west.

Of course it is to be expected that a convention will always draw best from the locality in which it is held, but attendance at the Washington convention was representative of the entire country.

The commercial photographers turned out very well, in fact there were enough present from New York to hold their regular monthly meeting in one of the Washington hotels.

The convention hall was large enough to hold comfortably all of the manufacturers' exhibits as well as the commercial, government and portrait exhibits and a noon-day lunch was served on a balcony over the entrance.

From the main exhibit hall one hail only to step across a bridge to the lecture hall where the demonstrations were made and the business meetings held.

The old plan of devoting half of the day to lectures and business and half to the manufacturers was done away with, but ample time was found for both and there was no conflict of attractions.

The main hall was made very attractive by the uniformity of decoration and designation of the booths and the ample aisle spaces. On entering the hall one's attention was immediately drawn to the large and attractive Eastman exhibit which was filled with photographers during the entire time that was given over to the manufacturers.

One end of the space was devoted to commercial and studio apparatus and materials of which there was a great variety. The salesmen in charge were kept busy demonstrating the various cameras, the Projection Printer and other modern apparatus.

The center of the exhibit contained what was probably the largest collection of prints ever shown at a convention. These were on Artura and the various surfaces of Vitava. including the popular Old Master and the new Linen Finish surfaces of Vitava Athena. The commercial prints were divided between the portrait papers and glossy Vitava and this display was beyond question the finest that has ever been shown.

Of the portrait prints there were some very unusual examples both in straight portraiture and work of a decidedly pictorial nature. The prints were mounted in large albums which were displayed on tall racks on a level with the eye. Each album was illuminated by concealed lights and the albums were changed each day in order to allow the entire collection of prints to be shown.

It was generally remarked that this big show of pictures was, in itself, worth a trip to the convention. It not only gave one an idea of results that could be obtained on the various surfaces of Vitava and Artura Papers, but a general idea of the work that is being produced by a great number of photographers in various parts of the country.

The arrangement and illumination of the display racks and the manner in which the prints were dry mounted in the albums were very attractive. It was often remarked that this idea could be used for the display of samples in the salesroom of the studio.

There were also a great number of enlargements exhibited on mounts and these prints on Portrait Bromide were fully equal in quality to the best contact prints. They suggested the possibilities for increased sales that may be made in any studio having a ready means for making enlargements and were usually mistaken for contact prints from large negatives.

As in past years, however, the professional film exhibit continued to share honors in favorable comment. There seems to be an interest that never wears off in a beautiful illuminated negative with a positive beside it. The large cabinet of negatives and positives containing both portrait and commercial subjects, was a constant attraction for a throng of interested photographers. This exhibit was conclusive evidence of film quality as it covered the most varied and difficult subjects one could imagine.

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From National Convention. Portrait Film Exhibit.

The general picture exhibit was of excellent quality and included a display of prints from Great Britain that was of unusual interest. There was a large government exhibit and a very fine lot of prints in the Commercial Section. These included group exhibits from New York, Chicago, Detroit and California Commercial Societies as well as several individual exhibits.

Abel's Cup was awarded to the Chicago exhibit while a cup donated by the California delegation for the best commercial picture was awarded to Kauffman & Fabry, also of Chicago. The judges found it very difficult to make this award as many commercial photographers are specialists and it is hardly fair, either to the photographer or to the judges, to make an award for one picture without putting it in a class where it can be judged with pictures of similar subjects. A number of blue ribbons were also awarded to exceptionally fine pieces of work.

The demonstration and lecture program was carried out practically as scheduled and each number was well attended and enthusiastically received despite the warm weather. The reception to the officers of the Association. Monday evening, the outing at Chevy Chase Lake,

Tuesday evening, the entertainment given Wednesday evening by the California Delegation who want the 1924 Convention, the banquet and dance Thursday evening at the Hotel Washington with entertainment by the Manufacturers and Dealers, and the trip to Mt. Vernon Friday afternoon furnished ample entertainment and kept everyone in a happy frame of mind. There was also an auto trip for the ladies on Tuesday morning, followed by a luncheon at the Columbia Country Club under the auspices of the Women's Auxiliary of which Mrs. John R. Snow of Mankato, Minn., was Chairman.

The Chicago photographers have made a bid for the 1924 Convention and there is no question about Chicago being able to stage a successful meeting, but the real boosting came from the California Delegation with motion pictures of San Francisco, distribution of California poppies, free oranges and raisins for everyone and a promise of a record attendance if the Convention is held in the City by the Golden Gate.

An argument advanced by the coast contingent is the fact that the photographers of every other section of the country have had a national convention within their reach while the wishes of the great number of enterprising and progressive men west of the mountains have been ignored.

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From National Convention. Portrait Film Exhibit.

It's a long way to go, but there are a lot of eastern photographers who have always wanted to see California. Oregon and Washington and they will welcome the opportunity to take the trip and meet these western photographers, and both would profit by an exchange of ideas.

But we are entirely neutral in our views on the subject. It is a matter for the careful consideration of the Board of Officers and they will undoubtedly decide wisely when they have had time to study the situation.

The real business of the convention was concluded with the election of officers for the coming year, though many of the visitors remained in Washington for a bit of sight-seeing. The following officers were elected: Mr. Clarence Stearns. Rochester, Minn., President: Mr. W. H. Monahan, Golds-boro. X. H., First Vice-President; Mr. J. H. Brakebill, Knoxville, Tenn., Second Vice-President; Mr. Alva C. Townsend, Lincoln, Neb., Treasurer: Mr. S. R. Campbell, General Secretary, reappointed.

Mr. Wyckoff of Detroit, Mich.. was elected Chairman of the Commercial Section with Mr. DeVine of Cleveland, Ohio. Vice-Chair-man. Mrs. Howard Beach of Buffalo. X. Y.. was elected Chairman of the Women's Auxiliary and Mrs. James Reedy, Minneapolis. Minn., Secretary-Treasurer.