Poster Restoration: The Firefly (1937)

This amazing stone lithograph of Firefly (1937) had unfortunately been backed poorly and I was asked to re-back it the proper way…

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poster restoration linen backingThis poster had been Kraft paper backed, it was a process that was commonly done a long time ago. This was generally done to help keep the poster together so the the picture theatre and/or distributor could get more use out of them.

I prefer to do a hard surface demount if the paper is to fragile as was the case with this poster. Water with mild soap solution for cleaning and smooth lift of paper.

Generally something like this could take and hour up to several hours.

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After that the poster was carefully submerged in a bath for cleaning and Buffer with Calcium Carbonate and then re backed (line backed).


poster restoration linen backingThere are always some risks involved in removing old backings, minor damage can sometimes occur but of course you do risk greater and faster deterioration of the paper if if left alone…

And here is the completed project:

The Firefly  (1937) – US One Sheet

Restoration that included de-mounting, washing, 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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