This section is from the book "Uncle Alberts Manual Of Practical Photography And Guide To The Reproductive Processes", by Powell Perry. Also available from Amazon: Uncle Alberts Manual Of Practical Photography And Guide To The Reproductive Processes.
It is a good idea to arrange for the Dark Room to be situated in a fairly inaccessible corner of the house: complete privacy is essential. The "Carlyle Cloak" mentioned in the chapter on Outdoor Photography can be adapted for indoor use, in conjunction with a tea chest and a kitchen table, as shown in Fig. 1. All bottles should be clearly labelled Poison and, unless discreet collection can be arranged, when empty they should be broken up into small pieces and dropped down the sink.
The Drying Cupboard should be large and roomy with plenty of space for plates, bottles, light snacks and, if possible, a small settee of the portable-collapsible type. Experienced photographers usually regard the Drying cupboard as a second bastion of defence and equip it to withstand at least a month's siege. There is no need to go into long details about Developing Trays - the writer can only say that he personally, prefers ones with white transparent bottoms, since their cleanliness can be more readily ascertained. Apart from usefulness in disposing of the empties a sink is regarded as practically a sine qua non for washing
One cannot avoid remarking that transparent spots (vide section on "Common Defects of Negatives") are again in evidence in the picture, "Static Boating": caused no doubt by the large clots of chloride of sodium which can be seen hovering about in the sky in a predatory sort of way. Notice, too, the flowered organdie lens cap and summer-weight "Carlyle Cloak" worn by the young lady on the left. A certain amount of over-exposure was unavoidable, although the shot was taken in brilliant sunshine with an exposure of only one-hundredth of a second and an aperture of f8.
Only by biting away the corner of the apparatus (and the lobe of his ight ear - Ed) was I able to get this interesting view of a fellow enthusiast at work inside a domestic adaptation of the "Carlyle cloak." unless the method suggested by Wratton and wain wright for using alcohol be employed. I have no sink. It has been found tat a red or amber light is conducive to the best results, and I thoroughly agree with captain Abney, R.E. F,R,S., etc.. who, on page 14 of his book "Practical working of the Gelatine Emulsion process," says: "... For our own part of prefer light to come from "about the height of one's waist, since all operations can then be distinctly "seen......".
Another writer, Walter Welford has some useful goeral hints in his little book "The Hand Camera Manual "; on page 87 he says ". If the room be a "small one it will be much better to have artificial light outside, as the close "atmosphere of as mall room is certainly not conclusive to health. Roughly "speaking the other requirement of a dark room re, a table,a receptacle for "water and a jug.But if a sink be available so much the better, as the inconvenience of a pail soon be discovered. Water direct from the tap is also a great "convenience, as it is frequently required. A shit for bottles, etc., should "also be provided. . ."
This is, of course, a Developing Tray or Bath: for those who like to splash about or play with celluloid ducks the larger model shown on page 47 is the only logical answer.