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Did You Know... the best way to frame a linenbacked six-sheet? (Part I)

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Added: 10/05/2015

UPDATE: This page covers details about how to display large poster (such as framing them in frames or making custom solutions for displays).

One of our customers wrote to ask us "What was the best way to frame a linenbacked six-sheet, because they could not locate anyone who sold a single sheet of Plexiglas that size, and they did not imagine people being satisfied with a seam using 2 sheets of Plexiglas. Maybe there is an alternative to Plexiglas that I'm not aware of. Are you?".

I replied as follows:
     "I personally have never had a six-sheet framed, but I know several people who have had them framed. I had thought there was Plexiglas that size, but maybe they used regular glass. You should investigate further to make sure that you can't get Plexiglas that size, because I am pretty sure that you used to be able to, and you may still be able to."

The customer then replied as follows:
     "I have investigated the maximum size of Plexiglas. Three different framers who have each been in the business for several years all say that 48x96 is the largest size available size of Plexiglas.
     One framer said that you can display a linenbacked six-sheet like a tapestry by using grommets and dowels at the top and bottom of the excess linen, but then you have the problem of no UV protection.
     You can get acrylic sheets in 90x100, but then you have the problem of glare and still no UV. There is a UV spray, but it's expensive. I'm told that you're looking at $2500 to go that route.
     It's a bugger because the artwork in those six-sheets, especially from the 30s and 40s is simply breathtaking. They literally stop you dead in your tracks, like one from 1931 that I recently had linenbacked. Like my father used to say, 'They don't make em like that anymore son'.
     I have to say that it surprises me how popular six-sheet posters are (and how much they sell for) despite the difficulties involved in getting them framed. That's why I figured you might know something that the framers don't. And of course, three sheets are no problem to frame."

I re-replied as follows:
     "I guess the people who I know who had one framed probably did use acrylic. I know that most people with a framed six-sheet often have them in a room with no exterior light. I do know a fellow who had several framed six-sheets on his wall where he framed them sort of like how your framer described. He had them put on gigantic stretchers, with the excess stapled over the edges. He then had a frame built around them, and no glass. He told me that he got enjoyment from them for many years, and if they decreased in value, he didn't mind!
     I will post this in my email club and see what responses (if any) I get from people."

SO I AM ASKING ANY OF YOU WHO HAVE EVER FRAMED A SIX SHEET (linenbacked or otherwise) TO PLEASE SHARE WITH THIS CLUB "HOW YOU DID IT"!

See Also (for your replies about framing!):
Did You Know... the best way to frame a linenbacked six-sheet? (Part II)


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