I recently read about the passing of retired General Colin Powell. Doubtless, he performed a great public service to our country over the years. I also read about his predilection for vintage Volvos which I was unaware of. Over the years he had many and restored many himself with the exception of bodywork which he stated he wasn't adept at. I happen to also be a Volvo man myself currently and drive a Volvo station wagon. This got me thinking about if Volvo created any posters during the earlier years and it turned out they did including this 1940s piece:...
Most of the posters I sell here on my website are archival linen backed. Why do I do this?
Linen backing is the best way to preserve and stabilize your poster and provides a canvas for further restorative work.
Linen backing a poster on canvas requires three elements. Linen, acid-free lining paper and a Wheat starch solution containing an alkali buffer which when all combined together produces a stable - but reversible - acid free environment for mounting a poster.
To novices just starting to collect posters, there are general techniques to determine if a particular poster is a vintage original versus a later reproduction.
Here are a few guidelines to help educate yourself and potentially avoid making an expensive mistake.