Good Questions: Bugs In My Poster Collection?

Good Questions: Bugs In My Poster Collection?

Maxwell Ryan
Dec 21, 2005

Hello AT,

A friend of my mother's was recently kind enough to pass on to me her collection of framed Herman Miller company picnic posters, and I'm thrilled. However-- at their previous residence, the posters apparently encountered something of an aphid problem. Each print has two or three of the little things squished between the glass and the poster, and it drives me nuts. I'd like to get them out, but I don't want to undo a professional framing job. The frames appear to be custom-sized, and the prints are backed by posterboard and held secure by little metal bits.

Is there any way to take the frames apart, remove the dead bugs, and put everything back together myself without damaging the print?

Thanks, Megan

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Dear Megan,

To fix the problem, you definitely need to take the frames apart. But don't worry. If you do it slowly and carefully, you will be able to put them back together fine. Those little metal bits are made to be removed, and just be sure to do it on a very clean surface and dust everything well as you put them back together.

The bigger problem is the aphids. While you should be able to remove them, they may have left a stain. If not, your home free.

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