Photographers' assistants, whose duty it was to carry freshly-prepared wet plates in their light-tight plate holders to the camera room and return to the darkroom with the exposed plates for development, would have to hustle with the increased number of portraits being taken. Once developed, washed and dried, each negative had a number and the name of the sitter inscribed in the emulsion; the same information was written on the envelope, then entered in the two record books. The ladies of the printing room would be standing at the printing racks at the south-facing windows more frequently and for longer periods, eking out the last rays of the sun to print the pictures and fretting on dull and rainy days when printing times were so slow. The accountants and the staff of the mailroom were equally affected by the increased number of people visiting the studio, as were the dressing-room attendants who assisted the ladies in changing into their costumes to be worn in the photograph.
Stanley G. Triggs

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