Posters have a short lifespan. They are designed, printed, posted and removed. In the history of the Soviet Union, a poster's life span may have lasted one day, if that long. In addition, posters in the Soviet Union made before World War II were often printed on low quality paper due to industry shortages. Posters of low quality are given conservation urgency due to their tendency to rapidly disintegrate.
In the Poster Plakat Collection all pieces are professionally restored on an as-needed basis. While light restoration helps the most delicate pieces; all posters in the Collection are linen backed for conservation and strength. Posters seen below were restored at "The Art of Restoration" in Chicago, Illinois. Special thanks goes to Tom Tomc and his staff and, to Eric E. Esper, for hours of painstaking labor on the large-scale jobs.
Light retouching and restoration of paper loss using original paper that had torn-off the poster.
Paper loss restored using correct period paper. Restoration of bottom slogan required
Paper loss restored using correct period paper.
Heavy paper loss restored using original paper that had torn-off the poster. Some restoration of background needed.
Heavy paper loss on one corner restored with paper that had torn-off the poster. Restoration needed of borders and margins.
Paper loss was restored using the bits of paper torn from the poster. Restoration was needed on the borders and margins.
Due to a paper shortage, the poster was printed on the back of an un-cut, Ukrainian ticket sheet.
While not badly damaged, it was improperly rolled and a simple linen backing was required.
The back of a poster as printed on packaging paper for "Extra" brand (Экстра) Russian cigarettes. The poster field was in good condition and only needed linen backing.
This poster was brittle and suffered heavy crazing and flaking. While the margins had disintegrated, portions of original paper were salvaged and re-used.
This poster was extremely brittle and it suffered heavy paper loss around the edges. Years of improper storage added to its ruinous look. Restoration, touchups on the artwork and conservation were employed to bring it back to its pleasurable state.