Anthony Restorations Book Dust jackets Toy boxes Art & Paper Restoration

Museum quality art, book and paper restoration. You can see these at www.youtube, just search "Anthony Restorations".

We are Anthony Restorations, a family-owned company who have worked on over Four-thousand five-hundred restoration projects over the past twelve years. We are skilled restorers with an emphasis on rare book dust jackets, original art, antique toy boxes, and Transformer boxes. We restore Paintings, Books, Book Dust Jackets, Toy Boxes, Lure Boxes, Fishing Wheel Boxes, C**t Boxes, Transformer boxes,

Operating as usual

03/03/2024

A personal project. This is a plaster casting of Laurel & Hardy in a model T, unfortunately it arrived in pieces. I used heavy resin epoxy to register the figures in the car, then built out the missing sections of plaster with a clay called sculpy, building up and drying the successive layers with a hair dryer. In painting it I followed the original color schemes, orange and yellow derbies and Hardy's gold moustache. I don't know why, but somehow it works.

02/20/2024
02/18/2024

A rare British 1930s Mickey & Minnie Mouse Handcar box before and after restoration.

02/17/2024

A simple cleaning and touch up can make all the difference. Aquatint print, circa 1850.

02/14/2024

This little Three Stooges toy had detachable Moe hair, which would fly off when you pushed a button. Moe's daughter Joan Mauer had two of these, a complete one (left) and one missing the hair (right). I carved a piece of thin plastic to re-create the missing hair--a fun, easy job. Joan was a dear lady and a very good friend.

01/08/2024

Once again facebook is allowing obvious scammers to post dangerous, fake links, and gives no recourse on how to stop them.

12/27/2023

This 1935 Popeye lamp was cast in iron and hand-painted. The lamp is perfect but the paint was badly chipped and discolored. I took pictures to use as a color guide, stripped the old paint, then primed and repainted the old salt. There's nothing I enjoy more than working on a Popeye restoration!

12/17/2023

Facebook will not take down the post from 7P 53254. This post is from someone I don't know, in a language I cannot even identify, and contains a suspicious link. The name 7P 53254 does not exist as a facebook user. Every "comment" that I have ever seen from an unidentified user made up of letters and numerals has been a scam. Facebook says I can request a review of their decision, but the link they provide does not work. Facebook's use of AI may save them money, but it clearly is not working.

10/31/2023

Happy Halloween from Brian and Kim!

10/26/2023

Replacing and matching the missing paper is precise and difficult, recreating the artwork is fun.

09/19/2023

Hiller Comet, Before and after.

Welcome to Anthony Restorations 07/22/2023

Due to a mistake by the incompetants at Bluehost I lost ownership of anthonyrestorationsdotcom, the domain name that I had used for nineteen years.
Anthonyrestorations.net was still available. This morning I registered it, moved the website files over, and it went live in real time. Most of our clients are repeat customers so we should be okay.
I need a beer.
www.anthonyrestorations.net

Welcome to Anthony Restorations “Anthony Restorations demolded my entire library and rebuilt a 1920s Johnnie Walker table lamp, which was missing one leg. I was challenged to suggest to them a project I thought impossible and to watch them accomplish it. I am working on it.”—David Mamet, Producer, Playwright, Collector

12/21/2022

Loved working on these -- Beatles Bubble Gum boxes!

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This page of 50's vintage comic art for Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" was badly stained and rippled with water damage. The text were paste-ons, these were removed and cleaned separately. The artwork was washed, with care not to bleed the ink, pressed, tears repaired, and the remaining stains painted out. The paste-ons were re-attached, and everything pressed again.

The Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook: Treasures From The Ackermansion (har 12/04/2022

All three books in the scrapbook series are being re-published by the good folks at BearManor Media. Here's my interview with BearManor for “The Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook”

Q - Tell us about “The Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook: Tales from the Ackermansion.”

BA – It’s about Forry Ackerman (1916 – 2008) who was the editor of the magazine “Famous Monsters of Filmland,” and his fabulous collection of science fiction, horror, and fantasy memorabilia.

Q - You knew Mr. Ackerman personally?

BA – Yes, very well. I was a monster-kid in the 1960s and grew up on “Famous Monsters” magazine. Forry Ackerman was a self-professed agent-editor-lecturer-archivist-researcher-esperantist-anthologist. He really inserted himself into the narrative, along with stories about his house, the “Ackermansion,” which accommodated his collection. I would write to him and he would always write back. In the 1990s I moved to Los Angeles, and began to see Forry on a regular basis.

Q – Where did you locate the material used in creating the scrapbook?

BA - The photographs came from a variety of sources. Forry kept everything, and there were literally tens of thousands of photos in his archives. When he sold off a large part of his collection in the early 2000s I purchased a number of boxes from his garage--the “Garaj Mahal” as he called it—which contained hundreds of fan photos. Kids would make up as monsters and send them to Forry, and he published many of them in “Famous Monsters.”

Another source of material was the late Kevin Burns, who was the executor of Forry’s estate. In addition to granting access to the archives, Kevin owned a number of Famous Monsters and Aurora model cover paintings, which he allowed me to re-photograph for use in the book.

A third source of material was my own collection of photos. When I began hanging out at the Ackermansion I was determined to photograph as much as possible, and in the best quality. Remember, this was pre-digital. Even though the Ackermansions (there were three over the decades) had been around literally my entire lifetime, there was always an ephemeral quality to them—Forry would acquire treasures, sell others, and sometimes donate or give material away—it was constantly changing—so I wanted to document the collection as it was, at any given moment, while I could.

Q What kind of “treasures” are you referring to?

BA - There were approximately fifty thousand books, plus movie props, posters, lobby cards, photos, original scripts, costumes, toys, models… Forry estimated at one time that there were as many as three hundred thousand items in his collection.

Q - What are some of the items that are featured in the scrapbook?

BA - There is a Bela Lugosi cape and the “Dracula” ring that Lugosi owned, a full size recreation of the Robotrix from “Metropolis,” one of Lon Chaney Sr.’s make-up kits, original Famous Monsters and Aurora model cover paintings, the Beaver Top Hat that Lon Chaney Sr. wore in “London after Midnight,” plus props, models… a bit of everything.

Q - How is the scrapbook structured?

BA - Well over the years there were three Ackemansions in the Los Angeles area. The first was on Sherbourne Terrace from 1951 to 1973.

When the collection outgrew that house Forry moved to an eighteen room mansion on Glendower Drive in the Hollywood Hills. This is the Ackemansion that most people remember. Every Saturday Forry would hold an open house and people would visit, sometimes from around the world, and he would give his tour, tell his stories and make some awful puns, then invite everyone into his large living room for a sit down and a question and answer session. It was all very informal, and a lot of fun.

When Forry became ill in 2002 he downsized his collection considerably and moved to a smaller house on Russell Avenue, which he dubbed the “Acker Mini Mansion.” One of his main concerns in relocating was that he remained within walking distance of his favorite eatery, The House of Pies! He continued to welcome friends and fans and hold the Saturday tours.

So I tried to format the scrapbook as if we were taking the tours, traveling through each of the mansions. This is followed by sections detailing the animation collection, original art and the artists, posters & lobbies, and friends & fans.

Years ago, I began my career as an animator so the animation material was of special interest to me. Forry owned a number of model miniatures that were given to him by his friend, animator Ray Harryhausen. Forry also had a number of dinosaur models that were built for and used in the original "King Kong," dating back to 1933.
When Forry parted with these models in the early 2000s I made a couple of hundred digital photos, all carefully lit and composed. The exterior skins had deteriorated on a number of the models, and you could actually see the interior armatures and their construction. I knew I wouldn’t get another chance, so I documented everything in great detail. A number of these photos appear in the animation section of the scrapbook.

Q – Is there anything you would like to add?

BA - I had a lot of help putting this together. My writing partner Bill Walker is an exceptional graphic artist, and Bill was responsible for creating the design overall of the book. Friends and collectors made valuable contributions. Ben Ohmart at BearManor Media worked with us to make the final volume look as good as possible. My grateful thanks to all.

And then there was Forry, he really did inspire a generation. Stephen King, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg have all cited Forrest J Ackerman as a great influence on their own careers. A sense of fun and wonder permeated everything he did, and if the scrapbook informs and entertains, Forry fashion, I think we will have succeeded.

The Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook: Treasures From The Ackermansion (har The Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook: Treasures From The AckermansionEdited by Brian Anthony & Bill Walker 8.5” x 11” size. COLOR.ISBN 978-1-62933-984-9The Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook: Treasures From The Ackermansion celebrates the life and career of Forrest J Ackerman (1916 – 2008) through h...

10/19/2022

Here's another piece of art from the lost Lon Chaney film "Thunder"(1929). The lobby was dirty, fragile, and missing areas of paper. After cleaning and deacidification it was mounted on a piece of masa paper held in a stretcher, to keep the mounting paper taut and flat. The missing areas of paper were infilled and the artwork recreated. The hardest thing here was to draw and color the missing photographic portion of the young ladies dress. Fortunately, it was largely a pattern, which we could recreate.

10/16/2022

This is a 14" x 21" window card from Lon Chaney's last silent film "Thunder" (1929). The acidity in the cardboard made it so fragile that it could literally disintegrate in your hands. First I de-acidified it, then mounted the card pieces on masa paper to stabilize it, you can see the untrimmed masa paper in the second photo, Then the missing cardboard on the left and right sides were filled in with layers of Japanese mending paper. Care had to be taken to match the finish of the original cardboard, otherwise when painted the finish itself would make the original and new colors mismatch. All prints and negatives of "Thunder" were lost in an MGM vault fire in 1967, fortunately some wonderful artwork from the film survives.

10/12/2022

This is an original painting of key art for the the Clint Eastwood film "The Eiger Sanction"(1975). The key art was used for different types of print advertising, including one-sheets, half sheets, magazine ads, and other forms of print media. Key art that survives from this era often has layers of white paper glued in the surrounding areas--the graphic artists would matte-out parts of the image, sometimes painting new images in its place. The original art was not considered of any value and was treated poorly. The image on the left is the original painting with the white paper glued to it--the little falling climber that is part of the original painting is covered. The center image has the paper removed, revealing the abraided and badly stained original board. I removed the glue as best i could and repaired the abraisions. Kim then added layers of off-white paint, blending them into the clean original areas immediately surrounding the central artwork. We are both big Clint Eastwood fans, this was a fun project.

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This was a personal project, Kim and I built a diorama based on "Mars Attacks." We used candy apple green car paint--a silver base followed by a translucent color--for the Martians space suit. The unfortunate lady on the ground has a ring on her finger, and the ring has a stone. Little details that make building and painting models so much fun.

10/08/2022

This is an original painting of key art for the the Clint Eastwood film "The Eiger Sanction"(1975). The key art was used for different types of print advertising, including one-sheets, half sheets, magazine ads, and other forms of print media. Key art that survives from this era often has layers of white paper glued in the surrounding areas--the graphic artists would matte-out parts of the image, sometimes painting new images in its place. The original art was not considered of any value, and was treated poorly. The image on the left is the original painting with the white paper glued to it--the little falling climber that is part of the original painting is covered. The center image has the paper removed, revealing the abraided and badly stained original board. I removed the glue as best i could and repaired the abraisions. Kim then added layers of off-white paint, blending them into the clean original areas immediately surrounding the central artwork. We are both big Clint Eastwood fans, this was a fun project.

10/04/2022

This beautiful painting by Albert Neutzell of the Robotrix Maria from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" had several issues, the most serious of which is that she was missing her head. This was one of Neutzell's large dimensional paintings, and the robotrix figure stood in front of and off of the lower scroll and background boards. Fortunately the painting was based on an iconic photo of Maria, so we had a good reference. After a few test sketches of the missing head for sizing, we had it sized correctly and Kim painted a new head. I then added it onto the painting using Nuetzell's technique of spacers between existing layers. Finally, we repaired the upper lettering using the same techniques.

09/23/2022

This is an animation model that over time suffered rubber and foam deterioration. Kim sculpted the missing upper portion of the skull out of baked clay, then covered it with textured layers of latex, which kept the jaw movable so it could still be animated. A few layers of paint and color washes pulled the whole thing together. Love those green eyes.

09/22/2022

You might think that recreating the spine or the artwork along this dust jacket's bottom would be the most difficult aspects of its restoration. Actually, the hardest thing was the big chip on the bottom of the back cover--the font and the surrounding white areas-and the red lettering in the publishers name. Multiple colors in the artwork break up the way the eye perceives the areas of repair--but white-to-white, that's a real a challenge.

09/21/2022

The graphics on the side-skirts of boxes are usually identical on opposite panels. On Mickey's Ski-Jump we used the artwork on the complete upper long side-skirt as a guide to recreating the missing sections (on the left and right) of the bottom skirt.

09/21/2022

A very Rare Diamond Planet Robot box, one of the original Gang of Five.

09/18/2022

The Whistling Kooky Spooky Tree didn't frighten me as a kid but restoring it was scarey. It came out well, knock on wood.

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We are Anthony Restorations, a family-owned company who have worked on over six-thousand restoration projects over the past fifteen years. We are skilled restorers with an emphasis on rare book dust jackets, original art, and antique toy boxes.
We restore Paintings, Books, Book Dust Jackets, Toy Boxes, Original Art, Lure Boxes, Fishing Wheel Boxes, Wooden Lures, C**t Boxes, Movie Props, Die Cast Car paper boarders, and decorative writing on the cars themselves, as well as anything made from Paper or Cardboard and anything you can paint on to!
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