Looking after your vintage poster.
You’ve given your poster a loving home, which is the first vital step in prolonging its life. Here’s a few other handy tips:.
First, get to know it.
Most of the time, but not always, there will be a signature of the artist somewhere on the poster. If it’s not there, don’t worry; it doesn’t mean it’s not genuine. It’s just that sometimes they were unsigned.
If you look at the bottom of your poster you will find a series of letters and numbers: this is the print information. Here, you will be able to see the original circulation number and the year it was printed.
Framing your Poster.
We always try to sell our posters in good condition. Usually, they have survived so well because they’ve been hidden away and forgotten about. In order to keep them from fading we recommend getting them framed professionally behind UV protective glass. If you want to use an off-the-shelf frame for now, then be careful to place it somewhere where it won’t come into any contact with direct sunlight. You also need to make sure that the poster is only stored or laid against acid-free card or paper.
Accidents + Repairs.
Some of the posters may come to you with minor rips or tears. Hopefully this will not come as a surprise, as we try to show close ups of any damage in the product photos. If you tear one yourself, don’t panic! It is possible to make minor repairs on the back of the poster using a special acid-free archival tape. If you like, you can get your poster linen-backed by a specialist company, but we don’t tend to do this as we prefer them in their original form. We rather like the little nicks and tears, as they show the marks of time (just like us!).