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Recovering the Classics ignites passion for classic literature: Help us bring posters of beautiful book covers to all 50 states!
Recovering the Classics ignites passion for classic literature: Help us bring posters of beautiful book covers to all 50 states!
238 backers pledged $12,526 to help bring this project to life.

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Closing update: Thank you everyone! We more than doubled our goal, which allows us to bring manys exhibits to schools and libraries around the country (including the National Archives in Washington DC!)

If you missed the Kickstarter, but are still interested in the rewards/posters here, fear not! You can email us at hello@recoveringtheclassics.com

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In 2013, Recovering the Classics asked designers from around the world to reimagine the covers for great books that were already in the public domain.

It was explosively successful, with hundreds upon hundreds of covers pouring in from around the world. There was such huge excitement with our pop-up galleries in New York and San Francisco that we decided to take our cause nationwide. In spring of 2015, we announced a partnership with the New York Public Library, the White House and the Digital Public Library of America to place these covers to beautiful e-books in libraries and schools nationwide.

Now we're creating a system so that libraries, schools, book festivals and galleries around the country can create their own events inspired by these newly designed covers. Through this series of gatherings, we'll develop a community of readers who will share ideas, events and curricula around these classics for years to come. 

We're calling this campaign 50x50 — and we aim to exhibit at least 50 book covers in all 50 states.

But to make this happen in the most epic (see what we did there?) possible, we need your help! Not all groups can afford to bring their dynamic visions  of hosting this exhibit, so we've come to Kickstarter to make it possible for those readers. 

According to our calculations, we need at least $5,200 to bring the most basic exhibit — 50 12"x18" print posters — to all 50 states. (This accounts for shipping and Kickstarter fees, too.) But with more resources, we can bring the gifts of literacy and design to an even wider audience! So we've built in a number of stretch goals. To fulfill all the requests we have received from schools and libraries, we would realistically need at least $25,000.

Our Recovering the Classics motto is: "Anyone who wants to host a 50x50 activity should be able to do so" — even if it means getting creative and finding resources in unexpected places. Whether that means sharing posters among groups in the same area, finding local sponsors or turning to you folks on Kickstarter, we'd like to ensure that this exhibit reaches anyone who wants to showcase it!.

We hope you'll help us spread great stories, beautiful design, and a love the interdisciplinary around the country! 

Pop-up Gallery at the New York Public Library
Pop-up Gallery at the New York Public Library
Pop-up gallery in San Francisco during ALA.
Pop-up gallery in San Francisco during ALA.

We calculated we need at least $5,200 to bring the most basic exhibits of 50 12"x18" print posters to all 50 states (including shipping and Kickstarter fees). But with more resources, we can go even bigger, so we will have a number of stretch goals. 

50x50 at the San Francisco Public Library!
50x50 at the San Francisco Public Library!

Our Posters

Foam-mounted posters.

Our 24"x 36" foam-mounted posters. Great for easel displays! But they can also be wall-mounted. These are the core elements of 50x50. After you are done, you can also sell them in a silent auction. 

Paper Posters

Our 12"x 18" paper posters fit nicely into Ikea RIBBA frames, and can be mounted on the wall. They are thin enough to be laminated.

12"x18" Posters. Great for walls.
12"x18" Posters. Great for walls.

Postcards

Our highly popular 4"x 6"postcards. Great for decorating desk space or home.

If you are interested in using the Recovering the Classics designs for post cards, but want to customize the backs of postcards for your own use, contact us at hello@recoveringtheclassics.com

We’ve already had almost 300 librarians and teachers sign up because they want to 50x50 events, but they don't have the budgets, and are often paying out of their own pockets.

So we are confident that we can do all 50 states if we hit our goal. Some challenges: if we have more requests than we have budget for, how will be decide which schools and libraries will get it. But we can decide by who has the most enthusiastic proposals 

Because the posters, postcards, and ebooks are already designed, fulfilling the rewards should be pretty straightforward, and we should be able to send them out by the deadline we set.

Risks and challenges

This is already happening! Hundreds of teachers, librarians, and book festival organizers are reaching out to us about our book covers. This Kickstarter campaign provides support to potential hosts, and in some communities, will bring to life an exhibit that would otherwise not have taken place.

The posters, postcards, and ebooks have already been created. We just have to deliver them!

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    Choose a Recovering the Cover mosaic to use as your Facebook or Twitter cover image. Plus, vote on the covers that will be included in the core sets of the 50x50 displays!

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    From a wide selection, download two beautiful Recovering the Classics ebooks of your choice. Plus, vote on the covers that will be included in the core sets of the 50x50 displays!

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    One 12"x 18" Recovering the Classics poster of your choice, redeemable via gift code on Shopify. Plus, vote on the covers for the core sets for 50x50.

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    From our extensive selection, download six beautiful Recovering the Classics ebooks of your choice! Plus, vote on the core set of 50x50.

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    Via MOO, print your own Recovering the Classics postcards with customized backs! We'll send you a link with 10 pre-loaded designs on MOO. (Note. This does NOT include the costs of the cards themselves, just the ability to use the designs). Also, voting!

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    Through our partnership with MOO, print your own Recovering the Classics business cards as many times as you want! We'll send you a link preloaded designs. (Note: This does NOT include the costs of the cards themselves, just your ability to use the preloaded templates). Plus voting.

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    1 beautiful 24"x 36" Recovering the Classics foamboard posters of your choice. Same ones we use in pop up gallery. Great as art for home or as a present. If you want multiple, just multiply.

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    One beautiful 24"x 36" foamboard poster of a mosaic of Recovering the Classics designs Great for the classroom or library. Plus vote for 50x50.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    A set of 25 different 12"x 18" Recovering the Classics posters — great for classrooms and schools. (To get all 50, double the pledge). Plus vote on the covers for 50x50!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    3 beautiful 24"x 36" Recovering the Classics foamboard posters of your choice. These are the same ones we use in the pop-up gallery! Great as art for home or as a present. (For international shipping rates, please inquire). Plus voting on the covers for 50x50.

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    PDF files with 50 12"x 18" posters, so you can print the posters locally. Great choice if you have an in-house printing services accessible. Plus, vote for 50x50 covers.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    5 beautiful 24"x 36" Recovering the Classics foamboard posters of your choice of designs. PLUS a set of 25 12"x 18" posters. Great for a deluxe exhibit in a school or library. Expedited shipping extra. Also, you get to vote for the 50x50 covers.

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    The PDF file with 50 24"x 36" posters, so you can print the posters locally! Great choice if you have an in-house printing accessible. Plus, vote for 50x50 posters.

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    A pop-up gallery in a box! One set of 25 different 24"x 36" Recovering the Classics foam board posters + postcards + stickers. Display the gallery for your own organization, or sponsor one in a state of your choice. For all 50 designs, or to support two exhibits, double the pledge amount. Design sets will be largely pre-set. Expedited shipping costs extra.

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    Sponsor a roving 50x50 pop up gallery for an ENTIRE STATE of your choice! This comes with 50 24"x 36" Recovering the Classics foamboard posters + necessary easels. With your support, hosting organizations need only pay for shipping between their locations. And you get to vote on the covers.

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    Become an official sponsor and supporter of 50x50! Showcase your logo and/or name in many places: website, information signs for the exhibits, postcards. Also support and access to 25 Recovering the Classics images to use in non-commercial uses. Plus voting on the core set for 50x50.

    This will support 5 or more exhibits of 25 covers in the state(s) of your choice.

    Please email hello@recoveringtheclassics.com if you want to discuss details.

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    Not only will you be a sponsor, but we will make your own CUSTOM set of 50 Recovering the Classics ebooks with YOUR choice of covers (including ones that you provide) for noncommercial use! This is great for a state. library or school that wants to make versions for local artists. Plus, we provide all the cataloguing data you need to import it. You will also get access and support to use 12 Recovering the Classics images for non-commercial use.

    This will support 5 big 50x50 exhibits!

    Please email hello@recoveringtheclassics.com if you want to discuss more details.

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    Not only will you be a sponsor, but we will make your own CUSTOM set of Recovering the Classics ebooks with YOUR choice of covers (including ones that you provide)! This is great for a state or library that wants to make versions for local artists. Plus, we provide all the cataloguing data thatyou need to import the images. You will also get access and support for 25 Recovering the Classics images for non-commercial use.

    This will support 10 big 50x50 exhibits!

    Please email hello@recoveringtheclassics.com if you want to discuss more details.

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    Corporate sponsorship package. We will make your own CUSTOM special edition of 100 Recovering the Classics ebooks with YOUR branding and YOUR choice of covers (including ones that you provide)!

    This will support 10 big 50x50 exhibits! (Which you will get credit for).

    Please email hello@recoveringtheclassics.com if you want to discuss more details.

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