Yes, torn missing and pasted, the perfect way to describe how I feel after last night’s trip out! Anyway as promised : a guide to poster condition


The majority of vintage posters are printed on relatively thin paper so prone to tearing. This is almost expected. Clean tears can be put back together with a little paste and perhaps a sliver of tissue paper to the reverse. If the poster is valuable then it is always recommended to seek the advice of a paper restorer. A typical linen backing process can cost £100 so make sure that you factor this into your decision. Because paper fibres can be separated and carefully knitted back together, this can be s more cost effective option than complete linen backing . Top values can only be achieved for near mint condition so if something is going in to auction, backing may well be the only option.


The most difficult situation is that a £1000 can be virtually worthless with only a small amount of damage, despite what you might see from some videos on the net it is very difficult to adequately replace multi coloured areas of loss and text can be equally difficult. Trimmed posters (I know from personal experience) can be tempting but even the best will be worth a fraction of near mint value. I think one of the truisms of poster collecting is that the text makes all the difference. A basic litho can be nice but the words provide all important context.

There comes a point where even a small amount of paper loss can make a poster nonviable. Which is good news for some collectors at the bottom end of the market !!


Another very difficult (and tempting) problem is when a poster has been pasted to a backing board. Lets just say that generally this is bad news.

So condition is very important, if you want some advice on a particular poster then please contact me at the blog