BENEFITING: GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE
EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2013
Our poster for this year’s PhotoFinish 5K is a stunning six-sheet for D.W. Griffith’s film Way Down East, produced in 1920. Starring Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess, Way Down East culminates with a thrilling rescue on the ice floes of Connecticut (no stunt doubles were used!)
The poster is very large and fragile, measuring 80” x 80”, and needs careful conservation work. It is currently backed with cloth, mounted on wooden dowels, and rolled. The poster needs to be removed from the dowels, washed, removed from the cloth, and backed onto Japanese paper and cotton muslin to flatten and strengthen it. There is some poorly done re-touching (applied to the poster prior to its acquisition by the museum) that needs to be removed and proper re-touching will be done after it has been washed and backed.
The poster has been in the museum at least since 1955, as evidenced by this photo of Harold Lloyd (L) and the Museum’s first director Oscar Solbert (R). Lloyd was here to receive one of the first Festival of Film Artists awards, later known as the “George” Awards. The poster can be seen in the background hanging on the wall of the gallery.
Our goal is to raise $4,600 to conserve and frame the poster for public exhibition.