Lining a poster is a common treatment for several reasons. First, because a poster is easily torn, backing adds protection from both handling creases as well as tears. The second reason is to give the framer flexibility in how to frame. Without the backing, the framer would have to mount the poster with corners or hinges. In either case, an overmat would be required. Since some posters can be quite large, the cost of such an overmat can be very expensive.

(AL) Fresh linen, recently relined. Fresh linen is preferred by framers since the material is more stiff and easier to work with while mounting

(J) Japan. This is a very soft archival rice paper usually seen applied to older posters. The material is firm enough to keep a poster from tearing, but usually not a material preferred by framers

(L) Linen, similar to a painter’s canvas. This is probably the original linen used to preserve the poster. This backing denotes that the poster is properly backed and suitable for framing. It is archival, but not as stiff as “fresh linen.” Unless we indicate otherwise, all posters are backed on linen.

(M) Muslin. Although archival, muslin is not used today. It is more often seen with older posters.

(P) Paper, the poster in its original physical state before any lining

(PL) Paper lined, although not common, an early way to preserve posters inexpensively was to simply glue another piece of paper to the poster to provide protection to the normally thin poster paper since it was subject to tearing and handling damage. This second sheet could serve as backing for the poster’s top and bottom only, or often for the entire poster

Except for small posters or inexpensive posters, J. J. Brookings always tries to provide a quality backing for the posters it sells. If you or your framer have any questions regarding the suitability of any of our posters for framing, please call us.