Missing Paper? No Problem!… “Make Haste to Live”-Part II.
As mentioned in Part I, the conservation & support phase of this 1954 Australian Daybill movie poster was quite a challenge as it contained a great deal of stains, toning to the overall paper, areas of missing paper, pencil writing on the front and backside, and several tears on the borders. An aggressive wash, including a deacidification bath to remove acids, and a strong bleaching would bring this poster half the way back to its original glory.
The final phase would be the restoration of the missing paper areas, and application of watercolor pencils, gouache paints, and some minor airbrushing to a few small areas of the border would make this poster look wonderful again and prepare it for display and framing. It took several hours of painstaking paper replacement, and delicate work with the pencils and paints, but the results were wonderful!