Framing a fragile antique magazine
This month I was presented with the challenge of framing an antique magazine of 1914 vintage. The Modern Priscilla magazine was one of two that I framed, which had been collected by the customer’s father – as this was the name of his daughter. She then wished to display and preserve them without altering the integrity of the magazine.
I began by placing the magazine on a black acid free background board and then cutting an opening in an eight-ply or approximately 3/16-inch thick black acid free mat board. This is a bit less than the thickness of the magazine and would create a cavity that was deep enough to accommodate the thickness of the magazine. Using two stainless steel pins, I secured the magazine to the backing board at the top, leaving the front cover to hide the pins that hold it all together.
I then cut a top mat of a neutral beige that complemented the color of the paper and cut an opening large enough to reveal about 3/16-inch of the black mat below. The piece was then protected by a 99% UV filtering glass to protect it from harmful rays that might fade and destroy it. The frame that was chosen suits the period when the magazine was published, creating a beautiful display piece for the woman with the namesake Priscilla.