Holes occur for an endless variety of
reasons. The more common causes are due to pins and staples which were
used to display the poster in the theatre lobby. Other holes are the result
of mishandling of the poster. Stored posters can attract a number of insects
such as silverfish, worms, etc. which result in chew marks.
The location and size of the hole(s) will
determine what affect, if any, it/they will have on the overall value
of the poster. Holes that are on the border
of the poster will not impact the value, generally speaking. Even small
pieces that are missing from the poster, if they are on the border, will
not have an affect.
However, holes or missing pieces of the
poster that are located on the artwork itself is considered a major defect,
and will therefore affect the overall value of the poster. SEE GRADING
FOR MORE INFORMATION!
If the paper is merely torn back from
the poster but is still attached and intact, it can be gently pulled back
into place and reattached by use of acid-free archival tape on the back
side of the poster. The torn piece may be wrinkled, so the wrinkles will
have to gently be pulled out before reattaching.
Small pin holes can be repaired by placing
acid-free archival tape on the back of the poster and coloring in the
front of the tape to match the poster. Normally, the pin just pushes the
paper aside as it penetrates making it fairly easy to repair.
Major holes can be restored by a professional
poster restorer. Major holes can be repaired in a number of ways, such
as filling the hole with a painting material called gesso which
is applied and then sanded down, or by linen or paper backing.
For larger holes, the restorer normally
has to find a paper match from a similar poster, bleach it and attach
it to your poster and repaint the paper.
For this type of procedure, be sure to
have a good restorer:
Here are LAMP Approved restorers: