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Printing And Finishing-Room. The printing and finishing-room is eleven feet long, and on the outside wall is constructed a printing light fitted with plain glass, a curtain of tracing-cloth attached to spring rollers being used for diffusing the sunlight. The construction of this
See Paragraph No. 971 light is the same as that given in Chapter XLV (Equipping A Photographic Studio) - Equipping a Photographic Studio. A sink for toning is placed against the wall backing the dark-room sink. Sliding curtains made of heavy black cloth may be strung over the printing-light, so as to exclude the light when toning.
969. Ventilators should be placed in this room the same as in the dark-room. Shelves may be placed above the printing light, on which to file negatives, etc., while on the wall which separates this room from the skylight-room may be constructed a shelf, hinged to the wall, which serves as a table, which may be dropped out of the way when you are not printing. This shelf may be used for changing prints, also for trimming and mounting print
If more space is desired for the printing and finishing-room than is allotted in the floor plan of Illustration No. 105, you can combine the finishing-room and dark-room into one room, and by partitioning off one corner at the dark-room entrance, this corner can be used for a changing-room for changing plates only. For developing you take the plates into the finishing-room, from which all light can be excluded by providing wooden shutters on the printing window, which you simply close tightly during development. The shutters should slide between the outside and inside walls. If properly made this will elude all light from the room and make it absolutely safe for developing, yet when you desire to use the printing light the shutters are pushed back into the wall and are entirely out of the way. By adopting this latter plan, which no doubt, as convenient and as practical as the first, you will have a much larger printing and finishing-room, and will also be able to use the same room for your darkroom.
971. This method also supplies you a means for an en-larging-room, as you will note by Illustration No. 106. You have the full benefit of the two rooms combined, thus permitting of the making of any desired size of enlargement. At the back, or narrow end, of the finishing-room, you may place your enlarging light. The form of enlarging apparatus illustrated in Volume II, in the chapter on Dark-Room Construction, will answer admirably here, the camera being placed inside the partition, while the light is located in the operating-room, just outside the partition. This light, you will observe, occupies a very small space and does not interfere with the general workroom. Either of these plans will be found convenient, and one can suit his own convenience as to which to adopt. 972. Heating the Building. - For heating the building a coal stove may be placed in the space allotted between the reception-room and operating-room. In this position the stove is out of the way, and it also serves to give an even heat throughout the building.
Study No. 52 - See Page 585
W. H. Partridge
PORTRAIT STUDY Study No. 53 - See Page 585 A. T. Proctor