'I am also curious about ferrotypying FB prints ...print flattening solutions and the like. Do these things affect the final appearance of the prints?
In days gone by...was it just too much work to do print finishing like this?'
"In days gone by," in many labs, prints were glazed (UK English for 'ferrotyped') by dropping the wet prints onto a glazing machine ('ferrotype dryer' in US English?) which was a highly polished chrome-plated, heated, metal drum with an endless fabric belt tightly held against it. It was very easy to do, but there was always the danger that someone had contaminated the belt with fixer from a poorly washed print. If you wanted your print glazed you put it onto the drum face in, if unglazed you put it on face out. I dried almost all my prints this way, and despite having used a communal darkroom, none of my prints have shown signs of staining after thirty years.
A lot of these machines were given away to anyone who had space for them when RC paper became popular.
At home I used to cold-glaze prints on the glass doors of my bookcases. The glass had to be well cleaned and scratch-free otherwise the prints would stick firmly to the glass. After squeegeeing onto the glass, they had to be held against the glass as they dried to prevent blemishes in the print surface as the dry parts of the print curled off the glass.
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