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 Days. In the average studio there should be at least two days in the week set apart expressly for finishing and delivering work. If the bulk of the work is on printing out paper, certain days of each week should be established for toning and finishing. It is absolutely essential that a system be installed in the printing department and unless the business is a large one, where several printers are employed, so that all kinds of papers may be printed each day, then certain days of the week should be devoted to making prints on printing-out papers and other days for printing on platinum paper. Weather conditions, however, may alter regular plans to some extent, yet it will be seldom that this will occur sufficiently to interfere with regular deliveries and as the majority of modern studios are equipped with artificial light for printing, the weather has little or nothing to do with the system in the printing department. In the smaller studios or places where developing papers are used to a great extent, artificial light is used entirely, regardless of weather conditions, consequently there are no delays in orders.
Finishing The Work. The pictures should be finished complete before leaving the work-room and they should be neatly mounted, spotted and in fact ready for delivery the day previous to the date the orders are due.
Filing Finished Orders. When finished, the pictures should be sent to the office where they are inspected by the party in charge and if satisfactory they should be placed in tissue enclosures and carefully wrapped ready for
See Paragraph No. 755 delivery. A cabinet of some kind should be provided in the reception room to receive the pictures and be placed where it will not be at all conspicuous yet handy for filing the finished work, and used only for this purpose.
755. A convenient cabinet would be one with 24 or 25 sections lettered alphabetically. The spaces in this cabinet should not be less than 8x8 inches and about 12 inches deep. By filing the finished pictures in this cabinet alphabetically, it will be a very easy matter to find an order when the customer calls. For illustration of an inexpensive but suitable cabinet, see Illustration No. 97.
Filing Negatives. In some department of the studio one should provide a system of shelving, reserved for filing of negatives from which orders have been received and finished. The shelves should not be less than twelve inches deep and about eleven inches apart, for 8 x 10 plates, and nine inches apart for 5x7 plates. The negatives should be placed on their edges on these shelves in numerical order with the numbered side facing out, each row containing one hundred negatives. The first row, for example, containing negatives from 1 to 99 should be placed on the left end of the top shelf. The next row of negatives, which number from 100 to 199, will be stacked to the right of the first, etc.
757. In placing the negatives in the negative envelope, always place the glass side of the negative next to the front of the envelope. This will save any marring or scratching of the negatives, for many times in searching for duplicates, one is very apt to slide a negative (even when in the envelope) over the negative back of it, and if there is any grit or sand in the envelope it is liable to scratch that negative, but if the glass side is facing the front of the envelope there is no danger of this. This is important.
758. As soon as the printer has finished an order from the negative, the proof is placed in the negative envelope with the negative, the glass side of which is to the front of the envelope as above stated, and both are filed away together. These negatives are valuable assets of the photographer and must be guarded with the utmost care, for frequently duplicate orders will be received, and the greatest amount of profit is derived from these orders.