You may encounter three types of folds on these prints:
1. A simple, neat fold.
2. Like no. 1, in addition a strip of thin paper was glued
to one side of the fold. The print was bound with other prints through
this strip (tipped-in), so the print would not affected by binding. Most
of the prints have this type of fold.
3. Like no. 2, except that the fold is irregular with some
creasing - the worst condition.
You will need the following tools:
1. Flat surface to work on.
2. Piece of heavier paper (e.g. like Manila File Folder
available in any office supplies store.)
3. Piece of a regular blank Xerox paper.
4. Thin masking tape.
5. A wood clay tool used by the sculptors or something similar.
Step 1. - Fig. 1. (Type 2 fold is shown).
Place a print on a flat surface.
Step 2. - Fig. 2.
Shows the smoothing tool. A coffee spoon is a sufficient
substitute. Place a piece of heavier paper under the fold. Place
the Xerox paper over the fold. With your left hand hold the assembly together
so the individual pieces do not move. Steadily start pressing and moving
the tool back and forth over the fold. Continue from one end to the other.
After you go over approx. half of the print, move both papers along the
fold so there is always paper below and above the fold. Turn
the print upside down and repeat the procedure. (The light green
paper in the photo is the heavier paper, off white color is that of the
print and the Xerox paper is shown on the top; dark green color is the
Step 3. - Fig. 3.
Cut a piece of masking tape, about half inch longer than
the print. Wait approx. 60 seconds to allow the tape to 'contract' and
carefully place the tape over the reverse side of the fold. Lightly press
the tape and trim off the ends.
Step 4. - Fig. 4.
Repeat the procedure described in Step 2 on both sides of
the print. The photo below was taken under the same lighting conditions.
The fold is much less visible than before.
Step 4. - Fig. 5.
This photo shows a sample strip with a simple, neat fold
Step 4. - Fig. 6.
This photo shows the condition of the fold after it has been
smoothed out. The fold is almost indiscernible.
Fig. 7 - 10.
Show Fold Type 3, an irregular fold, back and front of a
test strip. The last picture is the final result.
The fold is discernible, but much less then before.
You can also reduce the effect (visibility) of the fold by
placing the picture on the wall opposite the window so the light does not
enhance it. Side lighting (in the case of a vertical fold) or spot ceiling
lighting (in the case of a horizontal fold) would tend to increase the
visibility of the fold.