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) - http://www.mpb.auction/
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
- Most websites I ran across seem to say plexiglass... but note there may be some bias as these also tend to be websites that sell online and delivery of plexiglass is easier,
- My local framer The Art Forum recommended glass (he has both) as he feels plexiglass yellows over time - Tony's been in the business a long, long, time , so I went with Anti-UV, Anti Glare, extra clear glass.
- Used a mat to ensure the glass if lifted off the surface (only possible for smaller than 40" x 60" posters).
Backing the Poster
- Avoid foamcore unless acid free such as Artcare Archival System by Bainbridge which should only be a few dollars more.
- 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,
- Video of how Linen Backing and Restoration Works - http://www.posterfix.com/
- Backing to the Future - Linen Backing in Canada Port Perry, very professional website ( this is who I ended up going with and also used the shrink wrap for another poster to keep before framing).
- Linen Backing recommend by mpb.auction, http://www.vintagemovieart.ca/contact-dario-casadei/
- dkartservices - Local West Toronto Linen Backing and custom framing.
PlexiGlass Frames that Can Swap In and Out
I did not go with this, but for those interested here's my research,
- http://hollywoodposterframes.com/ - pre-built frames,
- http://www.spotlightdisplays.com/ - Flip frames (not sure what that means),
- www.displays2go.ca - search for snap frames (also has lightbox models) - not sure if archival though
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.
- The Art Forum - local Framer - weekdays 9-6pm sat 9-4pm
- Good Forum Discussions - http://www.allposterforum.com/index.php/board,59.0.html