Displaying an Original Trolley Scroll Intact?

Displaying an Original Trolley Scroll Intact?

Aaron Able
Aug 24, 2009

Q: My Dad who is a saver of many interesting things recently gave me a vintage trolley bus destination roll/blind from Brisbane, Australia. I have sentimental interest in many of the destinations listed as I either live near them now or have friends/family living in those suburbs and so I want to display it in my house. The problem is it's just under 4m long at full length which makes it far too long to display in one piece on our walls...

Sent by Catherine

I considered cutting it and stretching it over two canvases as is done with many reproductions. However it is an original and for the most part its in excellent condition except for some damage to an end of it which I think adds to its character so I'd hate to cut it in two. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I might be able to display this on a wall without cutting it? I'd like to keep it in tact so that it could be rolled away again at some stage if necessary. Also, and I hope this isn't asking too much, does anyone have any tips for preservation / restoration? Thanks very much!

Editor: My suggestion is to go back to the basics — display it as it was originally meant to be seen and stored, on a scroll. With a small dowel rod mounted to each end of the scroll, each end could be rolled up to create a more appropriate length for display. The dowel rods could be affixed to the wall with curtain brackets (of which their is an endless variety to fit any style or budget). This way, you're preserving the scroll intact, and can even move it if you wish. Then, someday when you have a stairwell or double-height room, you'll be able to display the entire piece at once.

Any other suggestions for Catherine?

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