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Dean BarattaBy Dean Baratta
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Dean BarattaBy Dean Baratta
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$1,710
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About

After retiring from the U.S. Army, I had a bit of free time on my hands.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I did want to pursue a hobby that combined my love of history and what I enjoyed about the military. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to find the perfect match in Revolutionary War reenacting.  Being able to walk on the same ground that our founding fathers did two centuries before, in the same type of clothing and eating the same sorts of food, enabled me to connect with our heritage in an incredibly powerful way.

I've also had the opportunity to meet an fantastic community of people for whom historical reenactment and sharing our history with others is a labor of love.  I wanted to celebrate those people and the people they represent by making their images available to everyone.  And what better way of doing so that sharing them on a high quality deck of playing cards?  Unlike a book of photos, a deck of cards is not only portable (throw one in your bag, your pocket, your glove box!) but you'll have innumerable excuses for taking it out and enjoying it, regardless of if it's for a good game of solitaire, sharing with your favorite youngsters while teaching them about American history or for an old fashioned poker night!

I'm therefore asking for your support in bringing this project to life.  I've arranged for two talented photographers to come and take photographs of 54 reenactors at an upcoming event (the Battle of Wyoming during the weekend of July 12-13 in Mt. Cobb, Pennsylvania), representing men and women of the British, Continental, Hessian and French forces as well as civilians. You'll see a whole panapoly of historical outfits worn by the reenactors who do so much to make sure history isn't confined to the history books. Each person will have his or her own card along with the unit they are affiliated with.  The British forces will command the red suits while the Continentals and their allies will be the black. 

The photographers we'll be using are Paul Jicha of Dragoon Photography and Jason Colfesh of Jason S Colfesh Photography. Both are talented and have extensive experience working with reenactors. I've placed a few examples of their work below and will share more as the campaign continues. 

The cards will be made of 310 gsm French casino quality card stock with linen finish, which should stand up well to your card games regardless of whether they'll be at your local tavern or rough and tumble tea parties.

In addition to the cards, we have some amazing rewards lined up that complement the project quite well and will be a lot of fun.

Thank you for your consideration and support! HUZZAH!

Courtesy of Dragoon Photography
Courtesy of Dragoon Photography
Courtesy Jason S Colflesh Photography
Courtesy Jason S Colflesh Photography

Risks and challenges

I've received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the reenacting community to this project so support during the campaign and the photo-shoot should be easy.

The biggest challenge will be the logistical hurdles of getting 54 subjects photographed in the short period of time we'll have available. I've addressed that up front by bringing two photographers to the project and they've already begun coordinating details for a successful shoot. As this project progresses I'll be focusing on building a plan to ensure we get all the subjects through in a timely and efficient manner.

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    THE KING'S SHILLING. Thank you very much! You're contribution may be small but your voice shall be the shot heard around the world!

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    ONE OF A KIND. In addition to my thanks you receive one random playing card from the deck!

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    FOUR OF A (RANDOM) KIND. One random card from each suit (hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades) PLUS a digital download of one favorite pictures from each of our photographers!

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    THE DECK! You get an awesome deck of 54 playing cards, each with a professional photograph of a Revolutionary War reenactor in their 18th century garb along with their names and the unit and rank they represent! Add $15 to your pledge for each additional deck you would like.

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    DECK and PORTRAIT PHOTOS. In addition to the playing card deck you receive a digital download of all 54 pictures that made up the deck. Add $15 to your pledge for each additional deck you would like.

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    DECK and DIGITAL MEGAPACK. In addition to a deck of playing cards and the digital images that made up the cards you'll also get a collection of choice images (at least 40) from the Battle of Wyoming taken by our photographers.
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    REVIEWING THE TROOPS! Two decks of cards and the digital megapack plus you and a friend will meet me and some of my 18th century friends for a night of drink, food and games at a local pub! (Location to be determined but will be in the Greater Philadelphia area . Reward must be scheduled prior to 30 November 2014).

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    FOR THE LOVE OF TEA: A distaff member will dress you up in the fashion and beauty of the period. Then you will be whisked away to enjoy tea and light fare with a few of 18th century's finest. Perfect for those who would like to discuss the style and life of women in the colonial period. Also includes a colonial costume hair piece, a tea cup with saucer, two decks of cards and the digital picture megapack. Will be set at the beautiful waterfront historical site of Mount Harmon Plantation (approximately hour drive from Wilmington, DE). Must be redeemed by September 30, 2014."

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    FOUNDING FATHER. You will receive two decks of cards, the digital picture megapack and you (including however many people you can fit in your vehicle) will accompany one of our local historical experts for a day long tour of Washington's Crossing, Princeton Battlefield and the Trenton Barracks! (Reward must be scheduled prior to 30 November 2014).

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