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.
Drying Bromide Prints. If the prints are to be trimmed, you can take them from the water and hang them up by attaching spring clothes-pins to a line which you have stretched from one corner of the room to the other. Fasten these clothes-pins to the top of the prints and allow them to drain until they are dry, after which you can trim them.
Flattening Unmounted Prints. After drying, prints may be straightened by the scraping action of a sharp edged ruler applied to the back. The corner of the print behind the ruler must be lifted as the ruler is passed along.
Preventing Unmounted Prints From Curling. Soak your prints in the following solution:
Mounting. It is advisable to mount Bromide prints solid and they should be mounted while wet. To do this, place them on your mounting-board or clean glass, face down, squeegee the water out of them and spread the paste on in the usual manner. This paste should spread easily and have good sticking qualities, as the paper is considerably thicker than the ordinary printing papers; therefore, if your paste is poor the prints will peel from the mount. Cover the prints with a clean blotter and rod into contact with a print roller.
Mounting On Cloth. Enlargements are often mounted on cloth-covered stretchers. These stretchers are similar to the kind artists use for stretching canvas. Cover with white cotton cloth. Put the cloth on dry, stretching it tight and tacking along the edges. Lay the wet print face down on your mounting board or glass and squeegee off the surplus water; then apply the paste. Give the cloth on the stretcher a coat of paste and lay the print on the stretcher; then turn the stretcher and print over and lay face down on a clean mounting board or glass, and rub into contact with a soft cloth. Next turn the stretcher over and cover with a clean piece of cotton cloth, rubbing into contact with the hand or soft cloth. Rub under edges of frame with a paper or pallette knife and remove what paste may have come through the back of the cloth under the frame. Unless you do this the inside edge of the stretcher will show through. When dry the prints will be stretched smooth and tight.
Ferrotyping Bromide Prints. To obtain a gloss far exceeding that obtained by any burnisher we would recommend the ferrotype process, and the resulting prints will be equal to the results produced by the troublesome glace process.