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to be some of the principal features: - A shelf or table on which to develop. This should be of a convenient height, to allow the operator to sit at his ease whilst developing. It should be covered with some non-absorbent material, such as sheet lead or zinc, and the edge of this should be turned up about a quarter of an inch to prevent any solution which might be spilt from running over. There should also be a sink, with a tap and a good supply of water. Shelves should be placed at convenient heights for the storing of bottles, printing frames, boxes, etc. The room and developing table should be kept scrupulously clean, and after operations, all solutions spilt and
Fig. 41.
the trays, measures, etc., should be cleaned and put away. There are many objections to the ordinary system of a dark room door with a bolt on the inside, but when the door opens directly to a fully lighted place, the inside bolt is absolutely necessary as a protection to the user of the room. Fig. 41 indicates a perfectly satisfactory form of entrance through a vestibule divided by a hanging curtain of dark material. The curtain must fit closely at the top also at one end, and the inside of the vestibule should be distempered dull black or orange.
Dark-Tent. A portable dark-room, little used now, but of absolute necessity for outdoor work in the old days of the wet process. (See Changing Boxes and Bag.)