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Thimble Theater Time Capsule 2019 (Do Not Open until 2094)

A time-capsule to be opened on the 200th anniversary of Elzie C. Segar's birth (the creator of Popeye the Sailorman)

Thimble Theater Time Capsule 2019 (Do Not Open until 2094)

A time-capsule to be opened on the 200th anniversary of Elzie C. Segar's birth (the creator of Popeye the Sailorman)

$121
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backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 30 2019 5:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Want to be transported to the FUTURE?!?

Well, not you PERSONALLY, but... you get it.  We are happy to give you (fans of Popeye the Sailor, fans of Sherlock Holmes, and everyone in between) the opportunity to be represented in the contents of a time capsule that will be buried on December 7th, 2019 and exhumed December 7th 2094.  You may be asking yourself "Wait... why the focus on Popeye and Sherlock?  I thought we were installing a time capsule!"  Well, read on to find out all the interesting tie-ins to this ceremony, as well as why this specific date has been chosen.  Or... do the boring thing and skip to the "I want to be a part of HISTORY!" section to find out more about how to contribute to the contents of the time capsule.

First, let's talk about the significance of this ceremony.

The installing of this time capsule is not the ONLY thing that makes/will make December, 7th 2019 a date of significance for the Southern Illinois town of Chester, IL.  

  • We have a 6-foot statue of Elzie Segar (the creator of Popeye the Sailor), adorned in Sherlockian attire, to commemorate Elzie C. Segar’s 125 birthday (as well as his compelling interest in the master detective).  The statue is erected and set to unveil on the very same day, MERE FEET from the site of the time capsule.
  • To celebrate the latest statue in Chester's Popeye & Friends Character Trail, Representative Nathan Reitz will be present on this date to read the 2019 Illinois House of Representative House Resolution honoring Popeye's creator AND commending the Popeye & Friends Character Trail for its favorable impact on our region.  Annually the collection of statues brings thousands of tourists from all across the globe (96 countries to date).
  • Not only that, this statue is the FIRST permanent granite statue honoring Sherlock Holmes to EVER be erected in the Americas!!!
  • And if that's not enough to entice you, the date on which this time capsule will be re-opened (75 years from its burial) there will be a SOLAR ECLIPSE, for which Chester is located for prime viewing.  Talk about the stars aligning!

So, tell me more about this Segar dude and this statue trail...

Elzie Segar is the creator of Popeye the Sailorman.  Not only was Segar born and raised in Chester, but many of the characters from his Thimble Theater comic strip were based on residents of the town.  To commemorate Chester's claim to fame, the “Popeye and Friends Character Trail” is a multi-year plan initiated to further the development of tourism in Chester, as well as celebrate the local cartoon-connection with Popeye the Sailorman, who had a bronze statue erected here in his honor in 1977. 

 (Collection of current statues on the trail)

 This trail seeks to place granite statues representing characters, created (or inspired) by Elzie C. Segar, throughout the city. The first granite statue, “Wimpy”, was erected in 2006 in the Gazebo Park next to the old Opera House his real-life counterpart owned.  Every year since then, on the weekend of the annual Popeye's Picnic  (always the weekend after Labor Day), another granite statue has been erected celebrating another character.  2019 saw a monument portraying Popeye's Pups (Elzie Segar's dogs from the comic strip) as well as Hy Eisman's dog, Chester (from the current comic run) aptly placed in the front lawn of the Chester Firehouse.  

Ok, and what about his connection to Sherlock Holmes

Segar was one of the earliest Americans to promote the "Sherlockian" subculture and imagery, and he did so in his iconic, Internationally Syndicated cartoon series, "Thimble Theatre" (1919), which later featured Popeye's premiere in 1929.  The series of images below (all works of Segar) give a glimpse into the artist's affinity toward The Detective.

 (a small sample of Sherlock's influence on Segar)

I want to be a part of HISTORY!

Well then you've come to the right place!  We are happy to give you the opportunity to contribute your creation to the contents of this capsule.  We are looking for whatever it is you would like to share with the people of 2094.  There are so many possibilities:

  • Summon your inner Segar and sketch a comic/image to be enjoyed 75 years from now
  • Or Doyle (dial) your creativity up to 10 and submit a one-page story to entertain tomorrow's children
  • Jot down your rendition of "A Day in the Life of Someone From 2019"
  • Or... give your best shot at predicting what life will be like for those individuals preparing to enter the 22nd century!

And not only does this opportunity come with EVERY pledge level, but for a few dollars more, we will print a physical copy of your submission... just in case the USB flash drive is somehow obsolete three-quarters of a century later.

Moreover, we have a couple options for you, should you be interested in taking a piece of history home with you, with a set of collectible chips commemorating each of the statues that currently make up the Popeye & Friends Character Trail... including the yet-to-be-unveiled Sherlock & Segar Statue (as well as two chips from the most recent "Popeye's Pups" statue erected in September 2019).

More information regarding the trail can be found at: www.baskervilleproductions.com/statue

File Submission Details

Any file you wish you submit should be emailed to 2019ChesterTimeCapsule@gmail.com

Please ensure your file meets the following requirements:

  • A text document (.doc, .docx, .txt) of no more than one page (type 12 font)
  • A digital image (.png, .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf) of no more than 30 MB (roughly 8" x 10")
  • Your text/image contains nothing offensive in nature, including but not limited to:  violence, drugs, alcohol, sex/pornography, hate-speech and discrimination

What if I would like to submit multiple files?

We are MORE than happy to allow multiple submissions! Get the WHOLE FAMILY in on this!  Simply select the pledge level at which you want to have your creations included, and then multiply that pledge level's cost by the number of submissions you wish to offer.

For example: If you, your spouse and your two children all want to submit something that will be both digitally and physically included in the time capsule, select the "Preserve Your Physical Creation" pledge level, but simply enter the dollar amount of $20 (4 x $5) as your pledge amount.

If you have any questions about this, or decide you want additional submissions after the close of the Kickstarter campaign, please feel free to contact us at 2019ChesterTimeCapsule@gmail.com and we will attempt to be accommodating (but understand there is no guarantee we will be able to do so).

Why Did We Decide To Use Kickstarter For This Project?

We wanted to share this opportunity with people from around the globe (not simply the residents of Chester).

We wanted a trusted platform with which to collect the funds as well as provide security to its patrons and legitimacy to the project.

The funds raised will help pay for the maintaining and beautification of the statue and time capsule park for years to come.

Thank YOU!!

We greatly appreciate your taking the time to read through our project, and we hope you have found it worth while to participate.  Regardless of whether you pledge toward this campaign or not, we would love it if you could simply help us SPREAD THE WORD about this opportunity so that those who ARE interested may take advantage.  With YOUR help, we can create a literal treasure trove of artifacts to give the people of 2094 a GLIMPSE back to the world of today.

Risks and challenges

There are no risks or challenges involved in this project. The statue has been erected and the time capsule will be installed regardless. The project is guaranteed by the city of Chester as evidenced by the proven record of the Popeye & Friends Character Trail over the past decades.

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    Secure Your Place In History

    You may submit a single (digital) file to be saved on a USB flash drive that will be included in the time capsule.

    The file can be text (a single sheet of 8"x10" page) or image (less than 30 MB).

    Submissions that are deemed offensive will not be included.

    NOTE: file MUST be received (digitally: via email) no later than 11/29/19, 11:59 PM CST

    Furthermore, your name will be listed on the official time capsule website, thanking you for your donation and listing you as a sponsor.

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    Preserve Your Physical Creation

    You may submit a single (digital) file that will be physically printed and included in the time capsule AND will also be saved on a USB flash drive that will be included in the time capsule.

    The file can be text (a single sheet of 8"x10" page) or image (less than 30 MB).

    Submissions that are deemed offensive will not be included.

    NOTE: file MUST be received (digitally: via email) no later than 11/29/19, 11:59 PM CST

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    3 Chips AND Physical/Digital Submission

    You will receive 3 of the Collector's Chips from the Popeye & Friends Character Trail Collectible Chip Set (MSRP $9):

    Popeye The Sailor Chip
    Castor Oyl (as a detective) Chip
    Segar/Holmes (to be unveiled 12/7) Chip

    You may submit a single (digital) file that will be physically printed and included in the time capsule AND will also be saved on a USB flash drive that will be included in the time capsule.

    The file can be text (a single sheet of 8"x10" page) or image (less than 30 MB).

    Submissions that are deemed offensive will not be included.

    NOTE: file MUST be received (digitally: via email) no later than 11/29/19, 11:59 PM CST

    Furthermore, your name will be listed on the official time capsule website, thanking you for your donation and listing you as a sponsor.

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    Complete Chip Set & P/D Submission

    You will receive all 24 Collector's Chips from the Popeye & Friends Character Trail Collectible Chip Set (MSRP $72):
    The chips feature the 24 statues (representing 26 characters) that currently make up the Popeye & Friends Character Trail.

    You may submit a single (digital) file that will be physically printed and included in the time capsule AND will also be saved on a USB flash drive that will be included in the time capsule.

    The file can be text (a single sheet of 8"x10" page) or image (less than 30 MB).

    Submissions that are deemed offensive will not be included.

    NOTE: file MUST be received (digitally: via email) no later than 11/29/19, 11:59 PM CST

    Furthermore, your name will be listed on the official time capsule website, thanking you for your donation and listing you as a sponsor.

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