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100 rare photographs unearthed from archives around the world and restored to their original splendor.
100 rare photographs unearthed from archives around the world and restored to their original splendor.
100 rare photographs unearthed from archives around the world and restored to their original splendor.
388 backers pledged $16,606 to help bring this project to life.

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Make 100 : The Past in Focus - 100 Rare Photographs Restored

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Take your pick from 100 rare photos of the past that I will restore to crisp perfection. 

What is The Past in Focus about? 

Thousands upon thousands of magnificent images from the past are buried in photo archives across America and the world. They deserve to be displayed and marveled at....and they deserve to be restored and seen in hi-definition.

The ship Garthsnaid weathering a storm ( 1920 )/National Library of New Zealand
The ship Garthsnaid weathering a storm ( 1920 )/National Library of New Zealand

I will unearth 100 rarely-seen images from these archives and give them new life by digitally restoring them to their original splendor. You can help me select these photos and then you will have the choice of any of the 100 restored images to own as a print. Together, we'll be archaeologists sifting through the sands of time and discovering rare photographic jewels to polish and bring to life again. 

What Kind of Images Are Being Restored?

Sailing ships, arctic explorers, adventurers in Africa, magnificent buildings, workers and laborers, thoughtful portraits, beautiful scenery from America's national parks, aviation images, captured moments from the era of the wild west ..... anything unique, truly eye-catching, and RARE. The rarer the juicier. 

The Ghost Town of Eureka, Colorado ( 1900 ) by William Henry Jackson/Detroit Publishing Company Archives
The Ghost Town of Eureka, Colorado ( 1900 ) by William Henry Jackson/Detroit Publishing Company Archives

This project is as much yours as it is mine, so if there is a particular image ( or a general subject ) you want to see included, spit it out and let me know! I'll hunt for a matching image and then you can tell me whether you believe it should be in the collection or not. 

Juan Domenjos flying an Antionette airplane ( 1915 )/Harris & Ewing Collection
Juan Domenjos flying an Antionette airplane ( 1915 )/Harris & Ewing Collection

 

A streetside view of Saratoga Springs, NY ( 1915 )/Detroit Publishing Company Archives
A streetside view of Saratoga Springs, NY ( 1915 )/Detroit Publishing Company Archives

Picking Your Print

At the conclusion of the campaign, all 100 of the restored images from "The Past in Focus" will be available for viewing online and you can then make your pick of which image you want to frame for your home. Enjoy a mystery? I can surprise you with a print! 

If you can't decide which photo you would like to own, then you can own them all - The Past in Focus Image Collection will include all 100 images fully-restored as hi-res jpegs ( 1200-2500px ) so you can make 5x7" or 8x10" prints yourself. Only 100 of The Past in Focus Image Collections will be available. 

An Italian mother with her child at Ellis Island, NY ( 1905 ) by Lewis Wickes Hine/Preus Museum
An Italian mother with her child at Ellis Island, NY ( 1905 ) by Lewis Wickes Hine/Preus Museum

 

The majority of these images will be unearthed from the largest and most magnificent photo collection in America - the Library of Congress - but I will peruse libraries from the far corners of the world as well... libraries such as the Rijksmuseum, the National Maritime Archives of Australia, and The British Library. 

Grafton Street, Dublin ( 1903 )/National Library of Ireland
Grafton Street, Dublin ( 1903 )/National Library of Ireland

 

A Jewett touring car in the San Francisco area ( 1923 )/Wyland Stanley Collection
A Jewett touring car in the San Francisco area ( 1923 )/Wyland Stanley Collection

 

Libraries make it a practice to scan photographs and then upload them to their archives untouched and unrestored. Most need color correction, sharpening, and a great deal of spot cleaning to bring them to vibrant life again. It takes me anywhere from 10-45 minutes to clean and restore each photo. If "The Past in Focus" gets successfully funded, I'll be taking time off from my small business to focus on the digital restoration of these 100 images. 

Scratches, specks, and other damage is repaired one click at a time
Scratches, specks, and other damage is repaired one click at a time

The photos shown on this page are just a sample of some of the past restoration work I have done.

Photographer Marion Post Wolcott on assignment in Kentucky ( 1940 )/Library of Congress
Photographer Marion Post Wolcott on assignment in Kentucky ( 1940 )/Library of Congress

 

My sister and I operate a home-based photo business, so making beautiful photographs is our specialty. All 8x10" and 16x20" prints** will be printed and cut by hand in our home studio. They will be printed on Canon premium luster photo paper with Chromalife inks ( 150+ year lifespan ). All photos are archival so you'll have a print that one day will be as old as the image printed on it! 

**If there are more than 30 orders than all 16x20" photos will be printed by a professional U.S based photo printer. 

Three-masted ships in formation ( 1899 )/Library of Congress
Three-masted ships in formation ( 1899 )/Library of Congress

 

A grotto in an iceberg ( British Antarctic Expedition, 1911 )/National Library of New Zealand
A grotto in an iceberg ( British Antarctic Expedition, 1911 )/National Library of New Zealand

 

The Past in Focus has reached its goal! In order to spice up the collection, I've added Bonus Sets. Every time we reach a new goal level a bonus set will be added to the collection. If you have already backed the project then these photos are a bonus reward! ( Backers who selected the print option will be able to select from these images as well ). Check back here often because every few days a new bonus set will be added! 

NOTE: If you do not wish to select a print or The Past in Focus Image Collection, these sets are available individually under the "Bonus Set" reward option. 

If the project reaches $2500.....

 ....then SHIPS AND THE SEA will be added. This set of 12 hand-picked photos will feature beautiful three-masted schooners, yachts, and brigantines sailing the seven seas. 

If the project reaches $3000.....

...then THE AGE OF EXPLORATION will be added. This set of 15 hand-picked photos will feature images of explorers and hardy pioneers of foreign lands such as Africa, Australia, South America, and the polar regions. 

If the project reaches $3500.....

....then HOW BIZARRE! will be added. This set of 10 hand-picked photos will feature images of the strange, unusual - and downright bizarre! 

If the project reaches $4000.....

....then INTO THE SKIES will be added. This beautiful set of 15 hand-picked photos will feature images from the early days of aviation: aeroplanes, gliders, bi-planes, blimps, balloons, and the pilots that flew them.

If the project reaches $4500.....

....then THE LAND DOWN UNDER will be added. This set of 15 hand-picked photos will feature images of Australia in all its glory: landscapes, city views, the people, culture, and, of course, kangaroos!

If the project reaches $5000....

....then NEW YORK, NEW YORK will be added. This set of 18 beautiful images will feature scenes of the Big Apple dating back to the mid-1800s. See New York like you never saw it before! 

If the project reaches $5500....

...then SEASIDE HOLIDAY will be added. This set of 10 images will feature lovely scenes of happy beachgoers, lighthouses, and toe-dipping youngsters at the seaside. 

WOW! We made $6000 without a stretch goal....

....but you're still going to receive a bonus set, of course. This time it's 12 images of Mother Nature in all her glory: waterfalls, mountains, geysers, volcanoes, etc. 

And since the campaign passed $6500....

...another set just got added! Choo-choo, we're steaming ahead! A set of 12 beautiful images of trains from around the world. 

If the campaign reaches $7500....

The Past in Focus Photobook
The Past in Focus Photobook

....a new reward level will be offered. Requests for the photobook have been heard! I wouldn't want the assembling of the book to distract from the restoration work of the photos so it will have a longer fulfillment date ( April ) but anyone who would rather own the book featuring all 100 images from The Past in Focus Image Collection will be able to switch their reward at this level. It will be a hardcover, glossy, 115-page photobook with a very limited print-run of 100. Would you like your name in the book? You deserve it, so just let me know and you'll be accredited as an official restoration sponsor! 

Since we passed $8500.....

...another bonus set just got added! SMALLTOWN AMERICA will feature 15 beautiful images from small hamlets across the USA. 

$10,000! ......

....at that level we all deserve a JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD! Let's see, we'll have to make a stop in England, the Continent, India, Africa, Asia, and certainly South America. Twenty images, twenty ports of call. 

If the project reaches $12,000.....

.....then it's time to have a spot of recreation. The A GOOD SPORT collection will feature 12 beautifully restored images of sports: auto racing, tennis, golf, horse jumping, boxing, etc. 

If the project reaches $13,000.....

....then A VIEW OF THE HEAVENS will be added. My sister just launched her Kickstarter campaign - The Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Chart - so this is sort of a tie-in celebration of space. It will include 12 amazing photos of observatories, early space photographs ( can you believe that moon image was taken before 1920? ), rare NASA images, and astronomers in action. 

Spread the word about the project and more and more photos will be added to The Past in Focus Image Collection! 

 

                                                        

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter project but my sister and I had previously teamed up to create The Spotting Chart Project, a campaign which was successfully funded by pledgers like you back in February 2017. We managed to fulfill all of the orders for that project within one month and since photos are our specialty, this project should be fulfilled in even less time. However, to be on the safe side, I have made allowance for 4-6 weeks.

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