Man Alive! was a 1945 romantic comedy staring Pat O’Brien, Adolph Menjou and Ellen Drew. The plot couldn’t be more basic as a businessman (Pat O’Brien) is reported dead in a car accident; he then begins to haunt the suitors of his wife, namely Rude Vallee.
While tackling this linenbacking and restoration project, the interior of the poster itself was in good shape, but the top and bottom borders had quite a few rips and tears that would demand a careful wash and backing process. A unique feature of this Australian Daybill is that it was produced by RKO Pictures, for whatever reason, most of this studio’s daybills have no white border surrounding the artwork; a first of its kind for me to work on, it was a pleasure!
The poster was first washed with a mild organic soap to remove surface dirt, it was then given a 20 min deacidification bath in which the acids in the paper were “pushed out.” The final stage of the wash included a mild bleaching to remove some of the toning to the paper, and some foxing (staining) on the bottom border.
It emerged in great shape, and ready for a light restoration of the tears on the top and sides; after some light restoration with water color pencils, the poster was ready to be cut out off it’s frame, and readied for framing and display!