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Re: Need framing advice
- Subject: Re: Need framing advice
- From: Dee Longenbaugh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 14:32:33 -0900
Der Bob - Plexiglas is a good way to go if you want to frame something so
you can see both sides. It is chemically inert, which is what you're
looking for. I have found many framers don't understand old paper, so here
are some questions to ask:
1.) Do you use conservation or museum matting?
2.) Do you double or triple-mat?
3.) What material do you use in your hinges?
4.) Do you use non-glare glass?
5.) What conservation advice do you give for over-all care over the years?
The first 3 questions relate to preservation - the answers should all boil
down to "acid-free" - new untreated paper literally eats old paper. And no
matting means the map will eventually bond to the glass - not good.
Non-glare glass is not good as it blurs the detail - and the
details on maps are the most fun.
Are you being told never to hang where the direct sun will hit the
map? To beware of moisture - hang as you would place a piano - inside wall
and no radiator under it. And not above a fireplace unless you're going to
change maps arouond. And about every 10 years or so check the corners of
the frame for insect damage - they like the glue. Remove the backing paper
And that's about it - I feel my own maps aren't really mine - I'm
fortunate to have them in their long history and it's up to me to pass them
on still pristine.
Hope this helps.
The Observatory, ABAA
235 Second Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
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