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Vintage Poster Framing

Vintage Poster Framing

Published on August, 13 2021 by Emily Jasper


Vintage Poster Framing, whether it be an original or a reproduction, has seen a rise in popularity over the recent years. Knowing what or how to conserve an original or simply having your poster displayed can be tricky, but is a lot of fun! With this blog, we hope to make that process easier and help you decide what’s best.


Original Vintage Posters


Vintage Posters generally have incredibly fragile paper which is very easy to crease or damage, previous exposure to UV light and general aging has most likely caused it to fade. However, this is what we love about them! Having your vintage poster in a high quality custom frame will prevent any further damage and have it last much longer. Here at Frames Now, we have all the skills and knowledge required to help you preserve your vintage poster.

Mat boards


Mat boards are thin pieces of card or paper-based material that surrounds your artwork, and while this can be seen as “just a border”, it serves a much bigger purpose and plays an important role in conserving your vintage poster.

Framing your image with a mat board can help keep the glass from touching your vintage poster directly. The thickness of the mat board is what’s keeping the distance between glass and poster, stopping any condensation within the frame that otherwise will happen if not present. There are also various ways for mat boards to help enhance your poster. Create your own custom picture frame mats with our Mat Designer.

Acid-free and acid-neutral materials

Whilst the choice of your frame color can be adaptable and changed to suit the poster and your decor, the use of acid-free materials within your custom frame is non-negotiable. At Frames by Mail, we use only acid-free backing board (usually foam core) for vintage posters, and with a choice of acid-free mat boards. This ensures that your vintage poster will not be damaged inside the frame and retains its value. Please note that you can also bring your vintage poster to your local art conservator to have a linen backing mount, making it easier to handle, especially for bigger posters. It is known to sometimes increase its value.


Reproduction Vintage Posters


We’ve just looked at the different aspects of conserving original vintage posters, which is made up of different components within the frame. But what about the reproduced vintage posters? Whilst the reproduction of vintage posters from print and poster websites come at a much cheaper cost, there are still ways to have your vintage posters presented nicely.

Vintage Prints


With a touch of nostalgia and a pinch of whimsy, vintage art prints will add the finishing touch to any classically inspired décor. Check out our vintage prints selection.

Ready-made frames

The big benefit with reproduction of vintage posters, is they usually come in standard sizes. Luckily for you, Frames by Mail has the largest range of ready-made frames in the USA. Our ready-made frames come in various sizes and frame styles. Chances are your vintage poster would fit right into one of our ready-made frames. Use the best ready-made picture frames with and without mats for displaying your favorite pieces.

Mat boards

As mentioned previously, mat boards serve more purpose than “just a border”. A mat board can enhance the look of your vintage poster whilst keeping the glass separated to prevent future damages from temperature and humidity changes, causing condensation within the frame. Frames by Mail can also cut mat boards for you and we have a range of pre-cut mat boards for standard sizes. Keep in mind that if putting a mat board, your frame size will be bigger than your poster.

Custom vintage poster framing

Couldn’t find the size of your poster? Custom framing allows you to have control over every element going into the frame. We can make a frame to the exact dimensions of your poster or build it up to allow for mat boards. Design a multiple opening mat. For multiple opening mats use our Mat Designer. Add as many mat openings as you like and adjust the size of the openings. Create yours here.

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