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Discover visual history of the world through old photographs and tell your own stories - about your family, places and things you love!

Pledge $35 and get this eye catching T-shirt (+ other cool stuff)! Photograph is provided by National Library of Ireland.

WHAT WE WANT TO DO AND WHY

We started this project because we're obsessed with the idea of exploring history through old photos. 

Photo Time Machine is going to be a web resource and an application for visual storytelling through old photographs. It will let people observe how places, things they love have been changing as well as tell the stories of their families, places and more -  leave their mark on history. 

We combine a great many different photo archives - both private and institutional - into a huge simple and easy to navigate network. We make it available to people because history belongs to all of us and is made by all of us. That’s why we will work on a UGC principle (user-generated content) - we all have great old photos to share.  It’s also important to create such a resource now when the world gets smaller. We want to know more about our history as well as about different cultures. It makes us more interested in the world we live in. And we’re sure that many other people share the same feeling. 

Pledge $35 and get this T-shirt with hand colored photograph of Mountain Shasta, California (+ other cool stuff)! Photograph is provided by OSU Special Collections & Archives.

WE DO CARE ABOUT EDUCATION

As a subject in school history is often represented in a very boring way - as a weird mix of dates, names and events which are not attractive and don't seem to relate to our life, time and things we love. Many people even choose not to study history because of these reasons. But history is extremely fascinating. The last 150 years were entirely captured by photographers - carefully and in details. This time is probably the most intense and fast moving period for human civilization. Most of things we are passionate about and are surrounded by - architecture, fashion, sports, cars, design etc - appeared and were created during this time. And we are eager to see how they looked like. There are billions of old (we define them as older than 15 years) photographs shot by professionals and amateurs. They're historically valuable but most of them are hidden from people's eye or it's just difficult to find them. We strongly believe that these images should be available to all. We also believe in the idea of sharing information and we do respect copyright - all the content will be licenced with CC (Creative Commons). The owners of the photos will decide for themselves - whether their pictures should be used for educational, commercial or any other purposes.

What's also important - and this is very much about many of the smaller and private family archives - they degrade after a while, unless properly stored and looked after. And we also set ourselves the ambitious goal to save them by digitizing. We were baffled why there's still no single resource to bring them together into one vast and easy to navigate network. So we've decided to create one.

...or this one for same $35!!! (photograph is provided by State Archives of Florida)

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US AND BIG PHOTO RESOURCES

Well we are not a typical photo resource. Our big thing is history. Photography here is simply a vehicle, a tool for visual storytelling. We work with old photos (older than 15 years), not with current stuff. To keep a distance from current time. It's also a sort of a filter which makes people more conscious of their selection and careful with the upload. Yesterday’s party photos usually aren't too exciting for the world. But if they were taken 15 years ago or more, these images become more attractive and valuable.

HOW FAR ALONG OUR PROJECT IS

We have started the development of the web site, but as we do this on our own, we will soon need extra funding to continue. We are in touch with several large institution’s photo archives which are ready to collaborate with us. Some others are waiting for our Beta - to have a look and say “Yes!”. And of course our friends are already scanning their family’s photo archives in order to share them.

Cool cotton tote bag with printed old photograph (+ other cool stuff) just for $25! Photograph is provided by National Library of Ireland. We cancelled fee for international delivery!!!

WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO TO

$55k is a minimum we need to finish the development of Beta web site and to launch it.  The money will let us concentrate and focus on our work. They will go to:

- salaries (developers, web designer, tech director, content manager)

- cloud servers (photos are heavy and the more pictures people will upload the more space we will need)

- rewards for our backers (YOU!!!)

IF WE COLLECT MORE MONEY THAN WE ASK FOR

- we'll start to develop mobile apps immediately right after we launch the web site, for the most popular mobile platforms (iOS, Android ...)

- some part will go towards the routine maintenance of the resource

- some - to develop and add new features (like adding more languages etc.)

- on business trips - to involve new large institutional photo archives and partners

- to buy a pro film scanner (we definitely will need one)

We intend to launch our website in July.

The cover photo provided by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives.

Cool cotton tote bag with printed old photograph (+ other cool stuff) just for $25! Photograph is provided by State Archives of Florida. We cancelled fee for international delivery!!! 

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    Nice! You are one of the first users who receives an invitation to join PHOTO TIME MACHINE while we are still in Beta. Your name will appear on a THANKS page of our website. We will also keep you updated about our work.

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    Cool!!! Take everything from above + you also get an amazing Year Kit of 12 handpicked desktop wallpapers from photo archives for each month.

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    Great!!! Grab everything from above + limited edition stylish cotton tote bag with printed old photograph (or a collage of several of them). Really cool piece which you'll use proudly, not just a usual one off thing. (Please add extra $10 for international shipping if you live outside the US).

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    Yay!!!!! We'll send you everything from level $12 + eye catching T-SHIRT with selected printed old photograph. And again - it's a really cool piece which you'll wear proudly, not just a usual one off thing. Free international delivery!!!

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    Rock on!!! Get both TOTE BAG and T-SHIRT and all the other things from above. Free international delivery!!!

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    Horay!!! We're already packaging everything from above + unique 5"х7" printed on watercolor paper OLD PHOTOGRAPH (you'll have a choice from several represented; might be a bit larger - depending on aspect ratio of the photo). Free international delivery!!!

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    Super cool!!! Well, everything from Level $75 + three unique 5"х7" printed on watercolor paper old photograph (you'll have a choice from several represented, might be a bit larger - depending on aspect ratio of the photo) Free international delivery!!!

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    Is that all for real?!! Let's start from everything from previous level + add a WEEK KIT of 7 T-shirts with selected printed old photographs (7 in total, same or different print, size of your choice). Free international delivery!!!

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    Mind blowing!!!! Hm..., everything from previous level delivered personally + you get a PERSONAL PORTRAIT SESSION by Grigory Rudko (true medium format film). Check out his works here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudko/sets/72157627367829780/ Please add extra return flight ticket price if you live outside the continental US.

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    You're the coolest one (but we hope you won't be alone)!!!! We have something special for you: everything from previous level + WE'LL SCAN YOUR FAMILY PHOTO ARCHIVE BY OURSELVES (up to 500 negatives/slides or photo prints (up to 8.5" x 11.7"). Please add extra return flight ticket price if you live outside the continental US.

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