This is the process used by specially trained artisans to restore a poster, as close as possible, to its original appearance. Specially trained artisans use a variety of methods to fix holes and tears, replace missing paper, clean, enhance color, perform image recreation, touch up fold lines, and remove or minimize stains. Modern techniques have made it extremely difficult to detect when a poster has been restored.
Linenbacking is a conservation method using acid-free fabric to mount and preserve vintage posters so they can be displayed or framed, generally without compromising value. Often during the linenbacking process, prior damage to the poster is addressed, resulting in significant restoration of the poster, returning its appearance, as close as possible, to original. Posters of various conditions are stabilized through linen backing and restoration to protect the poster from further damage. Linenbacking holds the poster flat and smooth allowing it to be easily handled, stored or framed. We use only the most highly-trusted conservation professionals when we decide to linenback a poster.
Paperbacking is another conservation method. When a poster has been “paperbacked” it has been professionally mounted onto a piece of high quality acid-free paper. Often during the paperbacking process, prior damage to the poster is addressed, resulting in significant restoration of the poster, returning its appearance, as close as possible, to original. This process usually includes the removal of the back layer of paper from the original item, which is then replaced by the new acid-free paper. While similar to linenbacking, this process is typically reserved for items that were originally printed on thicker stock, such as inserts, half-sheets, lobby cards and window cards.