Don't get confused by just trying to
store them in the material that they were sent in from the
studio. REMEMBER! The studio WASN'T trying to store them.
They were just sending them out to be used (Yes, even the
stills in the press kits are cheaper plastics with acid
in them. They need to be removed and placed in better holders)
You can store them without
placing them in some type of holder
around each piece but it's NOT recommended UNLESS you store
them in an acid free or museum quality storage box. If you
put them loose without any type of protection, acid will
rapidly do damage and you will drastically reduce the life
of your collectible.
So let's look at a holder. Some people
like to store their posters in envelopes. This is NOT recommended. Even
coated paper is still paper which means that it's disintegrating itself
and I don't want ANYTHING that's disintegrating holding MY poster. Plus
I always liked being able to see it (even if it's folded), so I suggest
a plastic holder. and NO NOT THE KIND AROUND THE HOUSE!!!
PVC and plastic bags like the cleaners bags that you find
around the house WILL NOT DO. They give very little protection
and usually do more damage that good.
All plastics are NOT alike. Cheaper
grade plastics contain acid also. You need to store your collectibles
in a better grade material.
You need high grade untreated plastic
OR the best that I've heard from all preservationist is mylar. The best
place to get these are collector supply houses or collector shops. I
recommend that you use the best grade that you can afford. Some people
have larger collections so you may have to break it down if cost becomes
a problem. Store your best in the best grade and the rest in as good
Once you've picked out your covers,
then you have the choice of putting in some type of backing or not.
It's better to have no backing than to have anything acidic. Acid in
lower grade plastics and newspapers or regular paper will travel to
your poster and start eating the fold lines. It's called 'acidic migration'
so you MUST store your poster as far away from it as possible.
Keep your folded poster in a cool, dry
place away from heat, humidity and light.
it's fairly inexpensive, takes up a smaller storage area, usually easy
to get to and move around, they can be sealed fairly tight against dust.
they can't be displayed and usually are difficult to show.
TIP: If you have
several posters stored this way, be sure that you label the outside
of the bag with all pertinent info to keep from reopening the bag. As
your collection grows, this REALLY becomes important.
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