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The Duluth Crate Co. - Crate Label Inspired Illustrations

Fruit crate label inspired illustrations of American landmarks and places that people love.

The Duluth Crate Co. - Crate Label Inspired Illustrations

Fruit crate label inspired illustrations of American landmarks and places that people love.

$1,107
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 11 2014 5:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 11, 2014

About

Hello, my name is Jeff and Im an artist, designer and all-around maker from Duluth, Minnesota. I have a love of vintage advertising and design. I especially enjoy fruit crate labels and a while back I started to dabble with an idea that uses these labels as inspiration for a line of illustrations I call The Duluth Crate Co.

Duluth, Minnesota and the north shore of Lake Superior is a special place. There are many things to see and do and the region also has a grand history that spans over a century in the building of America. Being an inland port, Duluth welcomes ships from all over via the Great Lakes where it takes iron ore, grain and other raw materials to places all around the world.

Duluth is a major tourist destination as people love the history, arts scene and overall beauty of the region. Because there are so many things to see, learn about and do, these places in and around Duluth became subject matter for my line of illustrations that make these places into a “brand” on the side of a fruit crate. What started with a handful of experiments has grown into a current line of 35 prints of Duluth and North Shore inspired prints. 

The Duluth Crate Co. has been in local gift shops, galleries and art fairs offering different sized prints, framed prints, mugs and other types of décor and products. Currently, they are only being sold online at duluthcrateco.com.

Where you and Kickstarter comes in.
After local success and much learning, dreaming and more dreaming, it is time to branch out and start offering these prints in the likeness of special places from all over the United States. The American Collection will eventually have many places from each state and will be continually added to the offering as they are finished.

As of right now, there are 20+ new prints of places from around the USA (Some states have more than one right now). This initial offering will be at least one print from each state and more to be added over time. What I need is help with printing the initial offering of my 8x10, 11x14 and notecards for each place. Right now Im basing my offering off a printing of 50 each of the print sizes and notecards per place which equates to over 7500 pieces!

Below is a list of the planned places for this initial line. As I finish up the remaining illustrations to round out the initial line, I will announce the new images on the Duluth Crate Co. blog, the email newsletter and shared on social media.

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AlabamaRussel Cave National Monument
AlaskaMt McKinley, Denali National Park
Arizona Grand Canyon
ArkansasOzark Folk Center
CaliforniaGolden Gate Bridge
ColoradoMesa Verde
ConnecticutMystic Seaport
DelawareBrandywine Valley
FloridaKennedy Space Center
GeorgiaOkefenokee Swamp
HawaiiPearl Harbor
IdahoSun Valley
Illinois Willis Tower
IndianaIndianapolis Motor Speedway
IowaLake Okoboji
KansasDodge City
KentuckyKentucky Derby
LouisianaNatchez Steamboat
MaineAcadia National Park
MarylandFort McHenry
MassachusettsPlymouth Rock
MichiganMackinac Island
MinnesotaSplit Rock Lighthouse
MississippiVicksburg National Military Park
MissouriGateway Arch
MontanaGlacier National Park
NebraskaChimney Rock
NevadaHoover Dam
New HampshireMt. Washington Cog Railway
New JerseyCape May Lighthouse
New MexicoNew Carlsbad Caverns
New YorkStatue of Liberty
North CarolinaWright Bros. Memorial
North DakotaFrontier Village
OhioRock and Roll Hall of Fame
OklahomaRobbers Cave
OregonColumbia River
Pennsylvania Liberty Bell
Rhode IslandBreakers Mansion
South CarolinaFort Sumter
South DakotaCuster State Park
Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains
TexasThe Alamo
UtahArches National Park
VermontCamels Hump
VirginiaMonticello
WashingtonSpace Needle
West Virginia Lost World Caverns
WisconsinBayfield
WyomingYellowstone

Although these prints will not be ready to ship until January, you can still give one of these great rewards as a gift! As a backer you will have access to a gift certificate PDF that you can print, put into an envelope, and easily give to the art lover on your list. 

Risks and challenges

At this time I am on track to finish up my initial 50 crate labels by early 2015 but sometimes life happens and in the case I wont have the remaining labels ready to ship on time I will let you know promptly and when I will have them ready to ship.

Printing
For the same reasons as above, some times things can happen in printing that can have a small delay (color issues, broken equipment) but normally these things only delay a project by a few days. Again, if there are any issues with the printing that may delay your shipment I will let you know when it will be ready promptly.

The Limited Crate Boxes
These are all hand made by myself. If any of the above things happen to delay you can bet on these also being slightly delayed. I dont see any issues as there are a select few being made. Once again I will let you know of any challenges that may affect the time table for shipment.

Shipping
We will be doing everything possible to send your items safely, but occasionally the UPS guy will drop a package from his truck. If anything shows up broken, let me know and you will get a replacement.

Thanks for your understanding, patience and support! I dont anticipate many problems if any.

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    Thank you for your support! Get a personal Duluth Crate Co. thank you note (currently available illustration of your choice) sent to you. The notecard can be framed and used as art in your home! Shipping is included.

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    Receive everything at the $75 level (8x10 and 11x14) plus a 15oz Ringer Coffee mug with a currently available illustration of your choice on the mug. All sent to you with a personal thank you notecard (illustration of your choice) that can be framed and used as art in your home!

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    Receive everything at the $125 level (8x10, 11x14 and mug) plus a men's or women's 3/4 sleeve Raglan Duluth Crate Co. t-shirt. All sent to you with a personal thank you notecard (illustration of your choice) that can be framed and used as art in your home!

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    Receive everything at the $175 level (8x10, 11x14, mug and t-shirt). All sent to you with a personal thank you notecard (illustration of your choice) that can be framed and used as art in your home inside a handmade wooden crate! Makes a great gift!

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    Receive a custom design in the Duluth Crate Co. style of a place of your choice and with the design applied to a matted and framed 11x14 (simple black frame), a 15 oz Ringer mug with the design applied, a men's or women's 3/4 sleeve Raglan sleeved Duluth Crate Co. t-shirt and a personalized thank you note with the design applied.

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