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Gstaad Ski Poster

Hello, fellow poster lovers! This month's post is quite appropriate given the winter weather many of us are experiencing as we will be discussing a lovely ski poster. Travel posters of any kind have become more popular over the last year and ski/snow/winter sports seem to be a particular favorite of our clients. This 1950's Swiss poster, from illustrator Martin Peikert, was in good condition... except it was missing the bottom two corners. Those two corners, particularly the left, were also the most detailed areas of the entire poster. The poster before linen backing and restoration work began. This isn't one of our biggest projects, but there is something so satisfying in these medium-sized projects. The turn around time gives us long enough to get to know the poster, but we don't get to a point where we're tired of looking at them. For this poster, prep was pretty straightforward. After the poster had been linen backed, I cut out patches and mitered th

A Small Tear in a VW Poster

Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are well rested and ready to send us lots of exciting projects to blog about!  Our first post of the year is about an integral aspect of our restoration process that we have mentioned, but never focused on: burnishing folds and tears. Detailing small tears and folds is part of the bread and butter of the restoration side of our business and burnishing makes adding pigment back in much easier.  The poster we're working on is a German VW poster. The client was only concerned about one tear in the background right next to "bergfreudig". Yes, I know. The tear is so small that you can't even see it in this photo.  In order to restore the tear, we first needed to prep it. The tools we use for this are: a burnishing tool, Methylcellulose, a small paint brush, hollytex and a small iron. There are a lot of different kinds of burnishing tools, but I prefer a teflon one because I can shape the

Controlled Destruction

We don't often suggest (metaphorically) taking a work of art down to the studs, or in this case down to the substrate, but this 1904 Colorado Midland Railway advertisement was an exception. This post focuses on the preparation and stabilization of a very unusual project. Work after our gelatin process and temporarily mounted to a board.  While it might appear that the majority of this advertisement is intact, huge sections of the paper were completely rotten. You can see in the images below where the mold that was eating the paper is visible. Essentially, the majority of the black background was slowly flaking off. The white area is where the mold had eaten away at the ink and if you touched it the top layer of paper would flake off. Another example of an area where the paper was rotting away can be seen below. Almost all of the area above the figure is disintegrating due to the water damage.  In this area, not only was the top layer beginning to fall off, b

A-Haunting We Will Go

I got lucky for this post since the title of the movie for this poster is also the perfect title for a Halloween week blog post: A-Haunting We Will Go from the great duo of Laurel and Hardy. This week's post is also fun because we do a little Poster Mountain retcon. (Yes, I know this is usually used in fictional tv, but I'm using it in the way that we decided to retroactively fix something after the poster had been linen backed. So there.) Linen Backed Laurel and Hardy A-Haunting We Will Go When we received this piece it was mounted to craft paper, which we had to demount it from before linen backing it.  The client opted for full restoration and when I measured the poster, I realized that we were missing paper on the top, bottom and one of the side borders. What wasn't very obvious when the poster was first linen backed was that three of the four borders had been badly trimmed. We knew that we were probably going to have to add borders back, but it is easi