The paper was soaked in the salt and gelatin mixture and dried.
Then coated with the silver, dried, then coated again.
Much later I tried to make a set of my boys. This one I had to coat 4 times to get a decent print. The neg makes a fine platinum print (on x-ray film processed at the hospital).
PS -- I am not 100% that this a scan of the salt print or the platinum print.