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Spreading the word about authentic vintage places and people who own them, to help keep America unique & interesting! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 18, 2014.

Spreading the word about authentic vintage places and people who own them, to help keep America unique & interesting!

About this project

THANK YOU! Our initial goal and first stretch goal have been reached so we now can make 16 videos - but would love to do more!

STRETCH GOALS! 

$10,000 = 2 more Retro Roadmap videos get made AND we'll take the show on the road by traveling farther afield (ie flying!) to film outside of our current geographic reach. All backers will help us decide where to go for these 2 places too! 

ALL funds raised above the goal will go towards making even MORE videos of the cool vintage places we all love so much. Every little bit helps, so please get the word out! 

Do you want the American roadside to look like a long chain of generic box stores from coast to coast? Well, I don't  - and I would love your support so we can do something about it! 

I believe that if more people know about cool old mom-n-pop shops that are out there they will support them - even travel out of their way to do so. Shopping local and independent can do wonders for communities and preserve a bit of history at the same time.  

This Retro Roadmap video project will get the word out about the great vintage places that still dot our landscape - restaurants, 5&10's, downtown theatres, drive-ins, cabin courts, diners, bowling alleys, motels, roadside attractions and more. 

But I can't do it alone. Your help will make all the difference.

Mod Betty scouting out diners before the internet was even invented! (ok, circa 1994 :-))
Mod Betty scouting out diners before the internet was even invented! (ok, circa 1994 :-))

I've had a love of authentic old places with vintage charm ever since I picked up a camera and started discovering them on the back roads of my home state of Massachusetts. Before the internet all I could do was share my photos with pals, and now I share them with my website RetroRoadmap.com. But video will definitely get the word out to a bigger audience.

I can find these places and take photos (I've done it as fun for years), but in order for folks to pay attention to these cool old places, these videos need to look pro. 

That is where the funds from this campaign will go - to the costs associated with the professional filming, editing, and travel expenses of creating of this collection of videos. I'm lucky to have my pal Rob Waters of Bystander Productions as excited to work on this project as I am - here's a little something we put together this past summer:

Once the videos are made, they'll be shared on all of the major video platforms, RetroRoadmap.com, travel & tourism boards, local TV stations, and more. This is something I truly believe in, and have been championing for years, so I will do everything it takes to get these places in front of the American public. 

With your help we can be the change we want to see in the world - helping to celebrate and support these places while they're still here, instead of doing nothing but complaining when they're being torn down.

For your donation there are a whole bunch of thank you rewards - from a sneak preview of the video before it goes live, all they way up to you appearing in a video yourself.

Participation in this project is an investment in the kind of world we want to live in - unique and interesting not boring and generic - and I thank you for that. Let's make this happen together!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk I see is that some of the places we hope to video may close down before you and I have the opportunity to share them with the world.
We have an ambitions filming goal of one video per month for 12 months, and with scheduling there is the possibility that we may not get all videos done by that due date.
Rest assured that if it should take longer than that to schedule, travel, shoot, edit, we're still 100% committed to getting all of the videos completed and distributed. Promise!

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FAQ

  • More videos! Traveling farther afield! Seriously, all I ever want to do is get the word out about the rapidly vanishing vintage places that dot our roadside, so that's all the $ would go towards.

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  • Certainly! Coming up with the rewards and the pledge levels was the most difficult part of this whole process, but if there's something you're interested in, or would pledge for - shoot me a message and we'll discuss! Chances are someone else out there might want it as a reward as well!

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  • Not all but most, however I'm always open to suggestions! I didn't want to get some of the places excited about the project only to have the funding not come through, but now that everyone has been so supportive I'm reaching out to them and will keep all the backers posted.

    If you have an idea for a place and want to pledge for it, shoot me a message and we'll discuss!

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  • While there isn't one official definition, many Retro Roadmap Worthy places have these factors in common:

    They have been around 50+ years or more
    They have not been remodeled/remuddled extensively, and keep their original vintage look and feel
    Places that anyone can visit
    Places that give you that "stepped back in time" feel when you visit
    Fun places like drive-ins, vintage theatres, diners, bowling alleys, iconic restaurants, 5&10s...
    Places that evoke what going out must've been like 50+ years ago - single screen movie theatres, roadside hotdog stands, places with awesome neon signage, charming motels and cabin courts, old timey carousels and amusement parks....

    Occasionally I'll feature a new place with an old feel, but for the most part I want to highlight the authentic vintage places around - especially because they often don't have the online visibility that places need so people can find them on the interwebs!

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Rewards

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    Pledge $10 or more

    36 backers

    A groovy Retro Roadmap oval vinyl sticker |
    Plus a special advance sneak preview link to all of the videos

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $25 or more

    62 backers

    A hand picked vintage postcard personalized to you by Mod Betty |
    Retro Roadmap oval vinyl sticker |
    Advance sneak preview link to all of the videos

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $50 or more

    44 backers

    A classic Retro Roadmap ceramic mug |
    Retro Roadmap sticker |
    Sneak preview link to all videos

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $100 or more

    27 backers

    A limited-edition signed and matted color photograph taken by Mod Betty | A thank you shout out RetroRoadmap.com | Retro Roadmap sticker | Sneak preview link to all videos

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $250 or more

    2 backers

    By popular request - the Retro-Pack! This reward comes with a VERY Limited Edition Retro Roadmap embroidered fleece hoodie created by Retro Roadpal Tim Credle (seen in the very first Retro Roadmap Video!) of Defy Category | A limited-edition signed and matted color photograph taken by Mod Betty | A classic Retro Roadmap ceramic mug | Very special thank you shout out RetroRoadmap.com | Retro Roadmap sticker | Sneak preview link to all videos

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (12 left of 12)

    You (and one guest) can be an extra in one of the Retro Roadmap Videos (just get yourself there!) and spend a fun day on location with Mod Betty and the crew | Your name as a Thank You in the credits of all of the videos | A special thank you shout out RetroRoadmap.com | Access to exclusive "making of" behind the scenes footage and blooper reels | Retro Roadmap sticker | Sneak preview link to all videos

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    Only ships to: United States
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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    LIMITED EDITION!!!! One lucky supporter of the project will receive a special one-of-a-kind Limited Edition of ONE "Viewmaster" type 3D reel (and viewer) highlighting some of the places featured in the video series! PLUS you'll receive all rewards associated with the $250 level.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)

    Be a featured extra with a speaking role in one of the Retro Roadmap Videos (just get yourself there!) and you and your guest can spend a fun day on location with Mod Betty and the crew | Your name listed as Executive Producer in that video and a Thank You credit in all of the videos | Your choice of Retro Roadmap mug or Limited Edition photograph | A special thank you shout out RetroRoadmap.com | Access to exclusive "making of" behind the scenes footage and blooper reels | Retro Roadmap sticker | Sneak preview link to all videos

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    Pledge $3,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Spend a Retro Roadmap Weekend in Pennsylvania with adventures hosted by Mod Betty & Retro Roadhusband! We'll have you transported to Philadelphia PA (from your location in the continental US) where we'll bring you to some of our very favorite Retro Roadmap worthy places to eat, shop and have fun in the area. Transportation and lodging included. You'll also get your choice of Retro Roadmap mug or Limited Edition photograph | A special thank you shout out RetroRoadmap.com | Access to exclusive "making of" behind the scenes footage and blooper reels | Retro Roadmap sticker | Sneak preview link to all videos

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    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    We come to you! If you're a fan (or owner) of a mutually agreed upon Retro Roadmap worthy place (in the continental US) we'll film one of the videos at your location! | Be interviewed in this special Retro Roadmap Video | Your name listed as Executive Producer in that video and a Thank You credit in all of the videos | Your choice of Retro Roadmap mug or Limited Edition photograph | A special thank you shout out on RetroRoadmap.com | Access to exclusive "making of" behind the scenes footage and blooper reels | Retro Roadmap sticker | Sneak preview link to all videos

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Funding period

- (30 days)