double view framing


Grumbler in Training
Apr 29, 2004
albuquerque, new mexico
I am looking for suggestions as to how to mount a 1929 newspaper (yes, the stockmarket crash, and yes ,very brittle paper)
My client wants to be able to view both sides, by turning the frame around.
The problem is that a mat mount doesn't offer enough support for to hold this aging paper. And a glass "envelope" would not afford an air space.
The only thing I can think of is perhaps encapsulating between two sheets of glass with something like heavy guage mylar strips acting as spacers between the glass. It might at least keep the paper from slipping over on itself.
Any ideas?
Sometimes what customers want and what would be good framing of the piece in question are two different things.

I don't know much about old newspapers. Would it be difficult to obtain another one and frame them side by side?

(Please note that I am avoiding the recto/verso controversy.)

Or how about a color copy of the back of the page?

Do you ever wonder how many times a person takes a framed piece off he wall to look at the back of it?

Suggest encapsilating the newspaper in mylar. The static of two sheets of mylar in contact with each other will prevent the newspaper from slipping. Next cut 2 mats(or double mats), one for each side of the newspaper and sandwich the encapsulated newspaper between them. I have done alot of double sided wood frames, but that is left for another thread. Metal frames are an easy double sided frame material. Have the customer decide which side is more important to view and show that side on the front.
Kit's suggestion about the use of copying should
extended, and both sides of the paper should be
copied. Framing it, even with UV filtering glazing, will lead to its break down, in relatively short order.