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#1 Craig Lancaster Marr

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 8:38 AM

Hi everyone,

I am a newly signed up member here but have been visiting this site for a couple of years.

I am from the UK but currently work in the Middle East. I collect mostly UK quads, US and European one-sheets, Australian daybills plus the odd Japanese and Thai piece. From what I have seen in the UK collecting film posters etc is alive and pretty well so how come it is so difficult to get our posters framed?


Going to a framer is expensive and off the peg frames are hard to find.

I don't want to use snap frames, I want to use conservation mats and backing materials which I have myself.

I can cut window mounts pretty well and have some conservation quality boards. 

Sending my posters overseas is just not practical - so what to do ?


I looked into learning how to make my own frames but I am no carpenter and the outlay in materials and equipment seemed prohibitive. I want to frame my posters with window mounts with acrylic glazing. Some are pretty big - bus stop and large French/Italian posters. But finding ready made frames for even Ozzie daybills and Italian Locandinas seems very difficult.


Similarly, I looked into linenbacking and restoration techniques. I have a few posters that need some TLC. I would only consider linenbacking a few of my posters that really need it - either due to fold separation, staining or paperloss. I don't mind folds in my posters - that is part of their 'story'. Sending them overseas is not practical and I have heard some horror stories about UK based restorers. Plus the cost is prohibitive.


I looked into the actual process and with care it looks doable. I have worked in the conservation field before although not with posters. With care and patience linenbacking doesn't look that difficult to do. 


OK, so two topics in one posting although related.

Can anyone suggest solutions to framing posters in the UK, and what are your thoughts on doing your own linenbacking?



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Posted 27 May 2014 - 11:58 AM

Just seen this.  Very difficult to obtain supplies in UK of various movie poster related items, e.g. storage products. I have had to have posters workshop framed, and that is not cheap. I think d-i-y linenbacking might be OK for a poster in excellent condition, but if you are going to do any restoration, such as repair or touching -up foldlines, it might be best left to a professional, especially for more expensive ones.  Why can't you send overseas? 

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