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With the majority of our renovations complete, I've started an interest in collecting and framing art. My first big project - original vintage (I think I can say that now) movie poster art.

Where to Buy

  • Star Wars - eBay
  • Indiana Jones Poster - Alternative to eBay to buy Posters (consistent grading system and more focused products) -

Preserving Considerations

After some reading, I concluded it would be a damaging to my authentic movie posters to frame up using traditional backing methods. Let's start with the results,


Glass versus Plexiglass

  • Used a mat to ensure the glass if lifted off the surface (only possible for smaller than 40"  x 60" posters).

Backing the Poster

  • Acid-free.
  • Acid-neutral.
  • Avoid foamcore unless acid free such as Artcare Archival System by Bainbridge which should only be a few dollars more.

Linen Backing

  • Expensive but preserves, flatten, hides vintage folded posters and allow touchup or outright restoration.
  • Make sure to go with professional who will make it reversible.
  • For damaged vintage folders can bring up value if resold.
  • ~ cost $75 to $150.
  • Not advisable for double sided posters.

Here is how it looks after linen backing. It's actually quite thick,

More Linen Backing,

PlexiGlass Frames that Can Swap In and Out

I did not go with this, but for those interested here's my research,

Putting it Together

Here are things to check with your framer,

  • Back the linen poster with acid free material
  • Acid free foam core or 4 ply rag are best
  • Linen Hinged - Hinge mount using some archival tap stuck to the linen
  • Do not stretch
  • Trim the linen about 1/8 smaller than the inside dimension of the frame
  • If framing with wood make sure to put a barrier if framing to size


As these posters are quite large it is very important to hang them properly to not buckle over time,

  • Use the D-Rings on the back directly
  • Warning - Adding wires to D-Rings for Large posters will put strain on the frame causing corners to pop out.



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