Poster Restoration: House on the Haunted Hill (1959)

This one sheet movie poster from 1959 designed by Reynold Brown is considered by many to be one of the most perfectly designed horror movie posters of all time.

poster restorationWhen it arrived I found the colors were still pretty vibrant although unfortunately the poster itself was somewhat brittle and there was light rippling throughout from exposure to moisture.

In addition there was a tear along the bottom plus some general tatters and paper loss around the edges of the poster some of which had been repaired with tape that had been stuck on both sides! poster restoration

But considering most of the damage was mainly around the borders or where there was few details (on the solid color) I expected to return this poster to its former glory very well.

poster restorationAfter the neutralizing the paper with a de-acidifying bath followed by a bleach bath to kill off any bugs a nasty paper eating bugs it was straight on to linen and then left to dry.

Then next job was to remove the tape (as always working in a well ventilated area).

Once that job was completed it was on to the hand restoration, where I carefully replaced the missing paper, some hand touch ups where needed and finally a light buffing to bring this lovely poster back to life.

poster restorationAll done and it looks great!

And here is the completed project:

House on the Haunted Hill (1959)

A full restoration including: washing, paper replacement, tape removal 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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2 thoughts on “Poster Restoration: House on the Haunted Hill (1959)

    • Hi Chloe,

      Thanks for the kind words! Us restorers hate tape. It’ sticky messy and some of the chemicals are not so good for you. Some times there are layers of tape, some non removable, which means you have to take some paper off as well.

      Be well.