Reply To: Stabilizing Sign

Ron Kley

‘fraid I can’t subscribe to the doctrine that all accessioned items deserve the same level of curatorial and/or conservation care. That might be true in a perfect world, but in the one we live and work in rational professional judgment should recognize that although a cracked teacup and a Picasso painting might exist in the same collection they do not warrant the same ldevel of care or the same commitment of institutional resources.
One rational approach to dealing with vinyl letters peeling from a sign might be to photo-document the sign, remove the letters and store them along with the sign, awaiting the day when (if ever) the sign may be wanted for display purposes and the fiscal and/or personnel resources may exist to provide for proper conservation.