Linen Backing Explained : The Advantages and Disadvantages

Linen Backing Explained : The Advantages and Disadvantages

What is linen backing and what are the advantages and disadvantages ?

Linen backing is a process used to restore and preserve vintage movie posters. During the linen backing process, the poster is mounted to a piece of linen, which provides added stability and protection. The process typically involves removing the original paper backing, cleaning the poster, and then mounting it to the linen. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of linen backing:


  1. Stabilization: Linen backing provides added stability to the poster, helping to prevent tears, holes, and wrinkles.
  2. Protection: The linen backing provides a protective layer for the poster, helping to reduce the impact of environmental factors such as light, humidity, and temperature.
  3. Improved appearance: The process of linen backing can improve the appearance of the poster by removing wrinkles and smoothing out the surface.
  4. Increased value: Linen backed posters are considered to be of higher value than posters that have not been backed, making them more attractive to collectors.


  1. Cost: The process of linen backing can be expensive, and may not be within everyone’s budget.
  2. Permanent alteration: Linen backing is a permanent alteration to the poster, and cannot be undone.
  3. Reduced flexibility: The poster may become less flexible after being mounted to the linen, which can make it more difficult to roll and store.
  4. Potential for damage: If the linen backing is not performed properly, it could cause damage to the poster.

In conclusion, linen backing is a process that can be beneficial for vintage movie posters, providing stability, protection, and improved appearance. However, it is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages, and to choose a reputable and experienced professional for the job.

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