Movie poster collecting has become popular in recent years. Before your start your collection, there are a few things you should be aware of.
In recent years, the hobby of movie poster collecting has become a worldwide passion. Posters that could have been purchased ten years ago for $15 are now going for about $160. Classic posters have become more appreciated as they are becoming harder to find. Over the next few years, they will become even more valuable. As with all collectibles, movie posters are collected for a variety of reasons. Some collectors love the artwork and images on the posters. Others collect for nostalgic reasons. Different categories are collected. One person may collect only classic posters such as Gone With The Wind, while another will add only classic Disney such as Bambi or Mickey Mouse.
Before you think of starting a movie poster collection, there are a few things you should be aware of. Before 1980, posters were made in a variety of sizes. A one-sheet poster measures 27" x 41" - the size of a regular movie poster. An insert is 14" x 36". The artwork depicted on these is usually the same as on the one-sheet poster. Three sheet posters are 41" x 81". This is approximately three times the size of a one-sheet. A half-sheet is printed with credits and artwork that run horizontally. This poster is longer than it is wide.
As with all collections, condition is a great factor when placing a value on posters. A mint poster is one that looks like it just came off the printing press. There should not be tears, stains, holes or bleed through on a mint poster. These posters are rare and the most valuable.
Near-Mint is a poster that is in excellent condition. It may have edge wear or a slight wrinkle. If a poster was made before 1990, you will see fold marks. This does not decrease the value. These posters were folded when delivered to theatres. The artwork of pre-1990 posters should not have any defects.
Very Good condition is a poster that may have slight stains, fading, small tears or minor bleed through. Though these defects may affect the outside area of the poster, the artwork must be in tip-top shape.
Posters in fair to poor condition may have tears, paper loss, fading and defects in the artwork. The rarity of the poster determines the value. Rare posters in poor condition can be restored.
Choose a category for your poster collection and research it extensively. This will give you self-confidence when you buy, sell, or trade items. Vintage posters must be handled with much care. Paper can tear easily if handed excessively. You should also wear white cotton or silk gloves. Skin oil will leave blemishes on the poster as it ages.
Posters should always be stored flat, never rolled or folded. Keep them in a cool, dry place out of reach of sunlight. UV rays will fade the color and images on the poster.
If you wish to display your poster collection, use a plastic sleeve that is acid-free. These cost between $9 and $15, buying the more expensive is well worth the preservation of your posters. Use care when you insert the poster. If possible, recruit an extra pair of hands to ensure the poster does not catch on the sleeve and tear. Be sure to insert an acid-free backboard into the sleeve with each poster. Backboards can be purchased at picture framing stores. This prevents the poster from sticking to the plastic sleeve.
Restoration of a poster is very expensive. Never attempt to do this yourself. If the poster is worth it, hire a professional restorer. Both market and sentimental value should be taken into account when deciding whether or not to have a poster restored.
If you wish to have a poster framed, take it to a professional framer who will recognize its worth. Framed posters should always be matted to prevent them from touching the glass. Backboard should always be acid-free. If your poster is worth more than $200 have it backed with linen and double mounted.
A linen backing makes posters more durable and helps to protect them. Professional restorers use this method to return posters to their original condition. Posters that are linen backed bring higher prices.
Now that you know the basics that apply to movie poster collecting, all you have to do is choose a category, research it and set out to find your first poster. Don't buy the first one you see. Take your time and make a good choice. Buy something that you especially like. Our first poster will always be dear to your heart and will have great sentimental value. It probably will remain in your collection forever.
Movie poster collecting can bring much pleasure to both the collector and those around him though don't expect friends and family to be as excited about your most recent addition as you are. After all, it is your collection.
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Regular vacuuming is most important for rug maintenance. Area rugs receive a lot of abuse from everyday dust and dirt accumulation. Sand and dirt grind down the pile of rugs and abrade their foundations. It is best to remove this sand, dirt and grime before it makes its way into the base of the rug, where it will be more difficult to remove. Surface soiling is best lifted by slowly pushing the vacuum a few feet with the nap of the carpet and then slowly reversing direction. In higher traffic or particularly soiled areas of the rug this process may need repetition to be fully effective.
Using a good vacuum with strong airflow and adjustable rotating brushes will remove the greatest volume of particles from the rug. The vacuum should have a good filtration system that will prevent dust from recirculating into the air.
Cut Pile rugs are generally well constructed and durable. A vacuum with a rotating beater bar to agitate the area rug pile and strong suction to remove loose particles is well tolerated by these types of rugs. Without a beater bar, you may only remove surface dirt, but leave embedded soil that can damage rugs through abrasion.
Looped texture rugs should be vacuumed regularly with suction, but can avoid damage by steering clear of vacuums with beater bars.
How Often is 'Regular'? : High traffic areas of rugs should be vacuumed daily, or at least every other day. The entire rug should be vacuumed at least twice weekly.
Some Vacuuming tips: - Keep the vacuum's brushes clean and replace them when they wear down. The beater bar should vibrate the rug, but not cause the vacuum's motor too slow. Raise the beater bar above the rug to just barely skim the fibers of the rug, otherwise pilling may occur. - It is best to vacuum in the same direction as the pile. - Be careful of fringes when vacuuming; don't let the vacuum pull them, lest they actually be ripped off over time. - Make sure that the beater bar actually rotates when it is in contact with the rug; a worn belt in the vacuum may cause the bar to slow down and stop rotating. Belts should be inspected frequently to be certain they are working properly. - Make sure that the vacuum bag isn't too full. When the bag is over half full the vacuum's efficiency is reduced. - Always make sure that the vacuum's hoses and attachments are free of airflow obstructions. - Vacuum across both directions of the traffic pattern to prevent matting.
Occasional Maintenance Practices
In addition to vacuuming there are a few other steps that should be considered to keep your rug looking it's best.
Every so often it is a good idea to flip your rug and pat it down to shake loose dirt particles that have worked their way into the carpet's loops. Sweeping or vacuuming the back of the rug once a year is the most effective way to dislodge worn in particles.
Airing your rug by taking it out of doors occasionally and laying it flat on the ground, especially on damp, foggy days, will help to keep dry burlap backing supple and flexible. Though the efficacy of this method is debated, some people even suggest placing rugs face down in fresh, powdery snow and then gently brushing it off. This technique is also intended to restore moisture to brittle rug backings.
Rotating the rug will prevent foot traffic from wearing the rug pile unevenly. The rug should be rotated once every six months if the carpet is in a high traffic room. In addition, heavy furniture like pianos and sofas should be moved occasionally, even if only slightly, to prevent excessive pile crushing. Floor protectors can be used under legs of tables, chairs and other furniture to help distribute weight. Spraying pile crushed by heavy furniture with a little bit of water and then brushing it with a soft brush can restore the pile's height.
It is preferable to keep your area rug safe from exposure to direct sunlight that could cause the colors to fade. Do not expose the rug to sunlight on a regular basis. Too much sunlight causes the colors to fade which in turn creates unevenness in the colors of the rug. Silk is especially vulnerable to sunlight. Using drapes or blinds to shade the rug during hours of direct daylight and occasionally rotating the rug will help to preserve a rug's color and keep it even.
Some Rug Maintenance Myths - Myth 1: You should shake or beat your rug to remove dirt. Shaking or beating your rug is actually more destructive than beneficial. The shaking strains the rug's backing, and with an old rug this can be disastrous to the integrity of the rug foundation. - Myth 2: You should air your rug by hanging it outside. Hanging a rug over a clothesline or hanging it on a wall can also cause stress to the rug's foundation and shape. It is best to keep the rug lying flat and simply turn it and rotate it occasionally, even when airing the rug outside.
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