Voices of a New Century: Photo Postcards of Ordinary Americans 1900-1930 is an engaging combination of antique photo images of ordinary Americans from 1900-1930 and an accessible history of that same time period. Divided into sections focusing on Americans at home, at work, and enjoying leisure time, the book will include interesting facts and historical narratives for each section.
Too many history books turn readers off by being overly dense. While there is a place for deep historical research, there is also a place for books that can be easily enjoyed by people with a passing interest in American history. I want this book to appeal to those who want to know a bit more about how Americans lived their lives in the early twentieth century. This time period is fascinating for so many reasons. Immigration peaked, cars became a big part of American culture, people were moving from rural areas to urban centers, and our country was growing and changing. The images in this book chronicle the fascinating first decades of the century.
I will use the funds to pay for printing some reproduction postcards of some of my favorite images from the book, and of course, copies of the book itself. These postcards can be mailed to friends and family, or framed for home or office decoration.
I selected over 100 images for the book already, and am well on my way to having research completed for the short narratives in each section. The book should be printed and mailed out by the end of April, but hopefully even earlier.
Please feel free to email me with any questions about the project, and thanks for your support!
UPDATE and Stretch Goal #1: We reached our goal! Thanks!! I feel the satisfaction that you only feel when something works out just as you planned it. I have all of you to thank, and may you all someday have the feeling of "catching the big one!"
If we can reach $2500 by the time the project funds, I will add 20 additional images beyond the original 100, as well as post a series of videos about the selection process and behind-the-scenes work after the project funds. This will be like the Director's Cut of the project, and only backers will have access. Thanks again, and I hope to have the book in your hands by March or April! :-) Stew
UPDATE and Stretch Goal #2! Thanks for all of your support, we are less than a week from funding, and I am still scouring for great photo postcards to share with you in the book! Since we are getting pretty close to achieving stretch goal #1, I thought I might share stretch goal #2. If we can reach $3000 by the time the project funds I will add the following rewards to all pledge levels at $12 and above:
1. 5 extra postcards! I will add five new reproduction postcards to the original ten. You will now receive 15 different images in postcard form, ready to frame, send to friends and family, etc.
2. A digital preview of my next project, which I will work on in the summer of 2013. This will be in the spirit of Robert Olen Butler's "Had a Good Time", a book of short stories he based off of messages on postcards. My book will focus more on the images as inspiration for the stories, a la Chris Van Allsburg's "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick." The project will have an interesting twist to it that I will reveal later, so for now you will receive the first three short stories in digital format.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge facing this project is my inexperience in design. I will be putting this book together myself, and I will be learning a lot about graphic design as I go. Generally, I am a fast learner, and if I set my mind to completing a quality book, I will do it, even if it means a lot of trial and error. The final product will not be mailed out until I feel confident that it's a book I would be happy to buy myself.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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