Poster Restoration: From Trash to Treasure

When it comes to poster restoration this was one of my more difficult challenges of 2012 and so it is well worth sharing, and for two reason: the rarity of this movie poster and the way it was found.

It came from fellow friend and collector Simon D who told me:

“I got it from a couple who were clearing the wife’s father’s house because he had just gone into a care home.  They told me there were a number of old film posters that had been pasted to the wall of his study/den.  I believe he was an enthusiast rather than someone in the film industry.  They’d been put up in the early 70’s and they wanted to know if it was worth getting them off.

It was mainly low value stuff but they did have this Get Carter which I told them to save, if they could.  I also told them it was worth taking the plaster off the wall rather than damaging the poster further and that’s what they did.  It had a lot more rubble on the back when it arrived which I scraped off before sending it to you.”

There was still a layer of plaster/dry wall on the back (click image for closer view).

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Get Cart Poster Restoration - Washing PosterSo time to roll up the sleeves and start scraping, sanding and vacuuming the back to remove and get down to the paper.

A lot of washing and extracting dirt as you can see from one picture, that is dark scummy water!

Now, as with all my clients I was sending Simon progress reports, here’s one of his replies:

Get Cart Poster RestorationGet Cart Poster RestorationI was genuinely expecting you to tell me that it was too far gone when I sent it over so I was surprised that you even started on it.  That is amazing.”

The restoration part was fun but at the same time it was border-line tedium, there was a lot of fill and delicate in painting.

But at the end of the day it’s a happy rescue (and a happy client, see comment below) and I am sure you agree the poster looks fantastic now.

Get Cart Poster Restoration - RestoredAnd here is the completed project: Get Carter (1971) Quad.

A full restoration including: washing, paper replacement, wall board removal(!), scraping, vacuuming, sanding, air brushing and linen backing.

Another restoration project successfully completed by Dario Casadei’s Vintage Movie Art Poster Restoration and Linen Backing!

View more examples of poster restoration and linen backing in my gallery section here.

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One thought on “Poster Restoration: From Trash to Treasure

  1. As always, they look spectacular but I really can’t believe how well the Get Carter has come out. Even close up it looks really clean. Amazing…