Many thanks Jeff,
It is a large poster so I can only guess at what the cost will be to have it fully re-backed and restored, definitely not cheap!
I must admit I have only had it out to look at it in detail for barely 5mins and that was when it arrived last month, so I
need to better assess what type of backing it is and whether or not it is detrimental to its preservation.
I am a less is more kind of guy when it comes to restoration. I prefer to keep the posters I buy in as close to the condition
I found them in, although the removal of things like mould, tape etc... and anything else that would be harmful to its
preservation I of course want removed.
I know of another collector of propaganda posters who lives in Canada and many of the posters he has had restored and linen
backed almost look like they just came off the printing press. This is definitely what I do not want as I think that any
character that the poster has acquired over the years only adds to its appeal, but each to their own I guess.
I have spent quite a bit on linen backing many of the top pieces in my collection recently, as well as having many of the folded
posters backed as well. The guy I have been using and who worked in NYC for many years is unfortunately relocating back to
the US, so I will now be left with the prospect of having to send expensive and rare posters half-way across the world to get
them restored / backed. Not exactly ideal, although I will have to take the plunge at some stage and that may very well include
having this Kampfgeschwader Lützow poster done.
The Tobis Film poster is amazing. Great airplane artwork and you can really get a feel and sense of the action. AND it's a movie poster!
You mentioned it was backed on an old, stiff kind of paper. Will you leave it mounted to this? Or have it re-backed at some point? Some of the borders also look more browned and maybe even with some remaining tape/staining (on the center left border), which could all be taken care of.
Just was wondering what your thoughts were to best help preserve this piece.