·  Matthew Butson
Vice President of Hulton Archive
·  Lenny Hanson
Conservator of Hulton Archive
·  Sarah McDonald
Curator of Hulton Archive
·  Lee Shoulders
Director of Archival Film Content
·  Fox Photos Daybooks
·  Le Grice X-Ray Photograph
·  Roger Bannister breaks four-minute mile, 1954
·  London Stereoscopic Company
·  Rod Steiger, 1955
·  Blondin Crossing Niagara Falls, 1858
·  Tennyson's Idylls of the King, 1873
·  The Great East River Suspension Bridge, 1886
·  Hay Elevator, 1937
·  Eva Peron, 1951
·  Marilyn Monroe, 1956
·  Lauren Bacall, 1954
·  The Express Collection
·  Conservation
 
The Great East River Suspension Bridge, 1886
Artist: Currier & Ives

Renowned New York print studio Currier & Ives printed this beautiful and rare original color lithograph of the Brooklyn Bridge shortly after its construction. Our copy, found in a drawer, was torn in half with stains, foxing (oxidization stains), tears and holes. In conjunction with our long-running support of paper conservationism, this badly damaged print was restored by a graduate student for her final degree project. The lithograph required washing, stabilizing, pressing, paper addition and reconstruction.


The restored result.

This copy of the front and back of the original print shows the extent of the damage. The lithograph was torn into three pieces and was very badly stained and discolored. It was mounted on an extremely acidic and degraded board, which caused damage to the print itself.

These diagrams document a complete record of each stage of the conservation process, showing the areas of damage, tears, creases and stains before work began. Once the acidic backing paper had been carefully removed, the print was cleaned, washed, pressed and then reconstructed like a jigsaw using Japanese tissue paper.

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