The busy season is nearly at hand, and we expect our plate tanks to save us a whole lot of time and hard work, but we must give the tanks a fair chance and not expect them to make up for our own carelessness and inaccuracy.

When we are given a time or labor saving device we are apt, after we have become accustomed to its usefulness, to become a bit careless, and then if it fails to perform its functions perfectly, to declare it "no good," when the fault lies entirely with ourselves.

We have had the theory of "time and temperature" development - the foundation of the tank system pounded into us until we know it by heart, yet some of us have been known to guess at the temperature by the insertion of a more or less calloused forefinger, and to guess at the time by estimating how long we had been out of the dark room.

From An Aristo Platino Print By Bauer & Coffey Kansas City, Mo.

From An Aristo Platino Print By Bauer & Coffey Kansas City, Mo.

From An Aristo Platino Print By Bauer & Coffey Kansas City, Mo.

From An Aristo Platino Print By Bauer & Coffey Kansas City, Mo.

Again, some of us, thank fortune, not many, have been known to make up our developer by guess - a pinch of this, a handful of that - the way mother makes a cake - and then cuss the tank because results were not perfect.

Yes, you can fix the plates in the tank, but what's the use, nine hundred and ninety-nine out of every thousand of us have a good fixing box already installed in our dark room, with a good fixing bath in it, and it is only a few moments work to transfer the plates from the tank to the fixing box. Before we had the the tank, we would have jumped on any one good and hard who put hypo in our pet developing trays.

Of course it is a simple matter to cleanse the tank or tray from the hypo, but suppose some time you are in a big hurry and forget it - the hypo wont ruin your negatives, it's true, but it will make some difference, and it's just as easy to have them exactly right as a little off.

There isn't a superfluous word or bit of instruction in the tank manual - we not only wanted but had to simplify it in every way possible and the instructions are few and simple, yet what there are must be followed to make the tank the real helper and time saver it is meant to be - and is. Follow the few simple instructions and the tank will do the rest.