This section is from the book "Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography", by J. B. Schriever. Also available from Amazon: Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography.
Finishing-Room. This room should be kept neat and dry, and provided with a good solid work table or bench, as well as with shelves and cabinets in which to store the mounts. If you have a regular stock-room, it will not be necessary to devote as much space in the finishing-room to shelves and cabinets, yet it will be advisable to have a certain number of these in which to place the stock for immediate use.
938. The cabinet should contain drawers large enough in size to hold the largest sheets of mounting board, and another large drawer should be reserved for the large finished prints, as it will be necessary to keep them protected from dust until they are sent to the reception-room for delivery. All card mounts should be protected in some way or other from the dust, and as these are usually purchased in regular boxes, they should be kept in these boxes until they are to be used, and in this condition may be placed or shelves.
939. Each kind of mount should be kept by itself at all times, and a perfect system inaugurated in the room so that you may instantly lay your hand on whatever material you wish to use, without having to look in a half dozen different places before finding it.
940. When a large business is conducted, a stock-book should be provided, where, on the left-hand page, is listed all of the mounts and other stock which is in this room, allowing one page for each class of material. Whenever anything is taken from the room, it should be recorded in the book on the right-hand page. In this way it will be an easy matter at any time to strike a balance and ascertain how much stock you have on hand, thus enabling you to replenish before your supply is completely exhausted, and it also supplies a check on dead stock.
941. Underneath the mounting table may be provided a couple of drawers reserved for mounting utensils, such as paste brush, paste bowl, print roller, mounting board, etc., while another drawer should be reserved for spotting colors, inks, spotting brushes, etc.
CHILD PORTRAIT STUDY.
Study No. 48
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CHILD PORTRAIT STUDY Study No. 49 - See Page 584 W. G. Thuss.
942. Among the essential materials that one should have in this room are a burnisher for flattening prints, an embossing press for placing your name on the mounts, a large trimming board sufficiently heavy to cut cards, a flat squeegee, a roller squeegee, a beveler for beveling the edge of the mounts, an embossing tool for embossing thin mounts, a hard rubber-set paste brush, paste bowl, mounting board, oval and square forms for trimming, trimming wheels, trimming holders, spotting colors, India ink, spotting brushes, etc.
943. There should be one or two windows in the finishing-room, one in particular to give light for spotting. If you use a burnisher this may be placed on a separate table, and when not in use it should be covered, in order to keep it free from dust.
944. Like all other rooms of a studio, this one should be kept clean; the work bench and shelves carefully dusted, and the floor mopped at least once a week. In dusting always use a dampened cloth. You cannot be too careful about cleanliness in this department.
945. The prints should be spotted here, and when leaving the finishing-room they ought to be ready to deliver to the customer. Any ruined or spoiled print should be checked and placed in what is known as "shorts" and these are returned to the printing-room, so that the printer will know just what is necessary to make over to complete the orders.