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Preserving Considerations

With many our our renovations complete, I've started interest in collecting and framing art. My first big projects will be original movie poster art.

After some reading, it's a waste to simply frame up using traditional backing methods. Here's are my notes resulting in,



  • Pick high-grade plexiglass with UV protection, 1/8" thick, crystal clear, non-glare,
    • Lighter
    • Glass has issues (moisture entrapment, likely no UV protection, poster can stick despite spacers or mat)
    • Conservation Glass is better, but can break and expensive
    • Do not use ammonia based cleaner
    • Use especially for bigger posters as it is lighter than glass
  • Use 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 and fixes flatten and hide vintage folded posters.
  • Make sure to go with professional who will make it reversable
  • For vintage folders will bring up value if resold
  • ~ cost $75 to $150
  • Not advisable for double sided posters

More Linen Backing,

Frames that Can Swap In and Out

Glass versus Plexiglass

Putting it Together

  • 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


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


  • Alternative to eBay to buy Posters (consistent grading system and more focused products) -



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