Nightmare on Elm Street British Quad (005A) Backed and Touched-up…

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Dave from allposterforum.com sent me this NOES quad to practice my new found linenbacking skills.  He must have a double to put such an awesome poster in my hands…

Before & After Comparison (005A)

Pre-Backed Condition: Poster arrived rolled and folded (the old “rolded” poster).  Upon inspection was in good to very good condition with slightly more that typical fold wear for a theater used poster of this age.  There were multiple areas of non-machine folded creases and a “Y” crease where the poster was folded aggressively and the corner trapped inward and folded that way.  The front of the poster had very nice colors.  There were no tears, but there was a ding in Freddy’s hat. The back side of the poster did show minimal dirt or other build up where the poster had been folded, as well as two stains near the area of Freddie’s hat.  There was writing that was removed with eraser. I did not take a picture of the back side of the poster; oops.

Prior to Backing (005A)

During Conservation: This poster was washed with a mild organic soap.  The soap was sprayed onto both sides of the poster and was manipulated into the poster by gently rubbing the poster down while in between two mylar sheets.  Some dirt was noticeable when rinsing.  The poster was rinsed more than three times. A very diluted mixture of Chloramine-T was applied to the back only in the area of the stain.  It worked to some extent, lessening the stain; it became undetectable from the front of the poster.  The poster was washed multiple times at a very high volume of water for approximately 10 minutes.  Chloramine-T does not leave the poster very easily.  A mixture of CaCO3 was applied and the poster left to soak for ~20 minutes.  A final distilled water wash was completed prior to applying a buffered wheat paste adhesive which also assist in conservation efforts as the CaCO3 in the wheat paste can surround acid molecules and protect the poster from further deterioration. The poster did not smell of Chloramine-T prior to application to the masa.

During Backing:  Charlie utilized a CaCO3 buffered wheat paste solution to mount the poster Japanese masa paper that was mounted to raw 12 ounce cotton canvas immediately before. Once the poster was placed on the masa, the poster was inspected for air bubbles and/or large bumps from wheat paste that may have slipped through the strainer; none were observed and this poster backed very nicely.

Just Backed (005A)

Restoration:  I snapped some pics while we were working on the touch-ups that illustrate the challenged faced to make this poster shine… We used water soluble wax based pastel sticks to do the touch-ups as well as gauche water colors for the lettering areas.  The water soluble medium actually polished when buffed with a cotton ball and worked quite well…  Update: Due to the possibility of “wax bloom” this poster was sprayed with Krylon Workable Fixative (Matte Finish) to “fix” the medium.

1. In Progress (005A)

 

2. In Progress (005A)

 

3. In Progress (005A)

4. In Progress (005A)

5. In Progress (005A)

Results:  The poster turned out better than expected.  The face area of the poster was extremely difficult and took some creative application and polishing techniques to blend multiple colors to get the right look.

All Done! (005A)

Nightmare on Elm Street British Quad After Backing and Touchups (005A)

 

 Pulpfixin Out!

A busy day of backing….

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Well I wanted to see how many I could back in around 4 hours. I managed four posters and had to CT bleach all of them. I am thinking of exploring a different bleaching method as the process didn’t work as quickly as I had hope on the more modern poster. The CT worked very well on the three older posters…

Dirty Harry Japanese B2

Dirty Harry Japanese B2 prior to backing...

 

Dirty Harry Japanes B1 was very dark due to acid...

French Small War and Peace

French Small War and Peace Prior to Backing

 

After Backing and CT Bath...

Outlaw Josey Wales Daybill – This one was stained badly in the middle…

Outlaw Josey Wales Daybill Prior to Backing

Outlaw Josey Wales Daybil After CT Bath and Backing...

The Empire Strikes Back US OS – Had Acid Yellowing

ESB US OS Prior to Backing

ESB after CT batch and Backing... Whew!

One Million Year B.C. Daybill Linenbacked (003A)

Matt from allposterforum.com sent me this daybill to practice my new found linenbacking skills.  I called it a haircut from a beauty college; since it was free…

Pre-Backed Condition: Poster arrived rolled and upon inspection was in fine condition with minimal flaws outside of typical daybill printing (see Figure 1 and Figure 2).  The front of the poster had strong vibrant colors; there were no injuries to the surface such as creases folds or otherwise.  The back side of the poster did show minimal dirt or other build up where the poster had been folded.  The striations of the dirt were in 30 degree ticks from vertical (in opposite directions when comparing the top and bottom folds) approximately ¼” in length.

Figure 1 - Pre-Backed Condition Front

 

Figure 1 - Pre-Backed Condition Front

During Conservation: This poster was washed with a mild organic soap.  The soap was sprayed onto both sides of the poster and was manipulated into the poster by gently rubbing the poster down while in between two mylar sheets.  No significant dirt or grime was noticeable.  The poster was then rinsed three times. Due to the fine condition of this poster no significant de-acidification treatment was applied.  A final distilled water wash was completed prior to applying a buffered wheat paste adhesive which also assist in conservation efforts as the CaCO3 in the wheat paste can surround acid molecules and protect the poster from further deterioration.

During Backing:  Charlie utilized a CaCO3 buffered wheat paste solution to mount the poster Japanese masa paper that was mounted to raw 12 ounce cotton canvas immediately before. Once the poster was placed on the masa, the poster was inspected for air bubbles and/or large bumps from wheat paste that may have slipped through the strainer; none were observed and this poster backed very nicely (see Figure 3).

Figure 3 - Just Backed

Restoration: No restoration was performed.

Post Work:  The poster backed very nicely.

Figure 4 - Linenbacked

Check out the full report here.

Liddell Couture 3 Linenbacked and Restored (002A)

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Before & After Comparison (002A)

Was given this poster to “experiment” on as I trudge my way through learning this art pretty much on my own.

 

Pre-Backed Condition:The poster had multiple small tears, large pin holes and previous image wash from using “goo be gone”.  I removed all excess tape residue and sanded the back side at these locations for better adhering ability.

Pre-Backed Condition (002A)

Washing:  Unfortunately when I began to wash this poster it start de-laminating and approximately 20 to 30 small fluid pockets appeared. I then stop washing, did a quick rinse and proceeded to break each bubble with an exacto knife causing some additional damage. One of the tears also extended as we were working to fix the de-lamination. We mounted it and let it sit and began work to restore the image for presentation.

Restoration: I did small paper fills and “in-painted” areas that need it.  Also touched up the folds.

Post Restoration:  The poster presents well but there is evidence of restoration work upon inspection.  This poster should frame well.

Post Restoration (002A)

 Pulpfixin Out!

 

 

Pride GP 2006 Pen-Weight Japanese B2 (001A)

Was given this poster to “experiment” on as I trudge my way through learning this art pretty much on my own.  This was the very first poster I backed for someone else…

Pride GP 2006 Japanese B2 (001A) Comparison

 

Pre-Backed Condition:The poster had folds that were broken white in most places.  Else this poster was in Very Good condition before backing.

Pride GP 2006 Japanese B2 (001A) Pre-Backed Condition

Washing:  Poster washed well.

Backing:  During backing a thread slipped its self under the masa paper which was not noticeable until after drying.

Pride GP 2006 Japanese B2 (001A) Immediately After Backing

Restoration: I touched up the fold lines with Dewert Water Color Pencils in both wet and dry application.

Post Restoration:  This poster turned out very nice mainly due to it being in Very Good condition prior to backing.

Pride GP 2006 Japanese B2 (001A) Final