RARE STEPHEN STILLS SIGNED PHOTO FROM PHILLY WEARING FLYERS HOCKEY JERSEY (11/6/75)
STEPHEN STILLS: VILLANOVA FIELD HOUSE (November 6,1975)
The above print, signed by Stephen Stills with a brown Sharpie marker in 1976, was damaged when a cup of orange juice spilled and seeped inside the frame. Over time, the photo adhered to the glass and it couldn’t be separated without damaging the print’s surface.
Several scientific friends from the hospital– using specialized chemicals and solvents–also tried to rescue the print but were unsuccessful. Eventually, I threw caution to the wind and gently lifted the edges of one side. I was gaining confidence, too much, apparently. As I began lifting the opposite side, the surface of the print (emulsion) tore away from the base. I’ve since scanned the photo and after some photoshop work on stains and tear marks, published it here.
There’s a lesson for everyone here: Always use a mat board over a special photo when it’s framed, so the photo doesn’t touch the surface of the glass and ruin a treasured memento.