Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Revisiting a century's worth of long-lost stores of Laurel, Maryland through photos, artifacts, and other memory triggers.
Revisiting a century's worth of long-lost stores of Laurel, Maryland through photos, artifacts, and other memory triggers.
315 backers pledged $17,567 to help bring this project to life.

About

Lost Laurel | The Book project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$17,567

315

Lost Laurel is a photographic regional history book which I'm writing and designing, focusing on the vanishing businesses from my hometown of Laurel, Maryland. It's comprised of historic photos and artifacts (many never before published) from the Laurel Historical Society archives, the Baltimore Sun, the Laurel News Leader, as well as those from the personal collections of current and past Laurel residents.

The project began in October 2011, when I started a blog and Facebook page called Lost Laurel—where I posted images representing the countless stores, restaurants, movie theaters and other retailers that I recalled from my childhood in the late 1970s and 80s. Some were national chains like Zayre and Woolworth's; others were one-of-a-kind mom and pop shops like Delaney's Irish Pizza Pub and Kellers/Knapp's.

Sample spreads from the 1970s and 1980s sections of the book.
Sample spreads from the 1970s and 1980s sections of the book.

At the time, I didn't expect more than a handful of followers; but less than two years later, the blog has had over 70,000 views, and the Facebook page has surpassed 3,500 fans—proving that I'm not the only one with nostalgic feelings for the little town midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Artifacts arranged to commemorate milestones on the Facebook page—from 1,000 to 3,000 likes!
Artifacts arranged to commemorate milestones on the Facebook page—from 1,000 to 3,000 likes!

In fact, as the fanbase grew, so too did the requests for more distant Laurel retail history. I began digging further back in the Laurel News Leader archives, documenting places that existed well before my time.

I've spent hours at the Laurel Library and the Laurel Historical Society, photographing things that have languished in file cabinets for decades. I've pored through every issue of the Laurel News Leader in the library's archives—hardbound volumes from 1947–1981, and additional decades on microfilm. I've also met wonderful people who've shared photos and artifacts from their own photo albums and private collections—things that may otherwise have never been seen by the rest of us.

The Laurel Library is still a special place for me—I worked here as a clerical aide throughout high school and college.
The Laurel Library is still a special place for me—I worked here as a clerical aide throughout high school and college.
I've traveled back through the 1940s, courtesy of the Laurel News Leader.
I've traveled back through the 1940s, courtesy of the Laurel News Leader.

I'm neither a writer or a historian, but Lost Laurel is certainly more than just a hobby to me. I'm actually a professional graphic designer, and it recently dawned on me that I should curate the findings from my research and apply them in a manner that I'm very much familiar with: designing a book.

Snapshots and artifacts from Laurel's first McDonald's kick off the 1960s section.
Snapshots and artifacts from Laurel's first McDonald's kick off the 1960s section.

Book design is something I've had a good deal of experience with since graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 1997. I've designed books and exhibition catalogs for clients such as Time-Life Books, the Smithsonian Institution, the Folger Shakespeare Library, National Geographic, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Designing one of my own, however, is truly a labor of love.

The Lost Laurel book will cover a full century of Laurel's retail history, and is organized by decade going all the way back to the 1900s. I'm currently planning on a 152-page (minimum) softcover book, published by Blurb.com. The book will be 7" x 7" and full-color throughout. However, with additional funding, I hope to upgrade the book—by adding to the page count, printing on a premium sheet, and/or featuring a hardcover version.

Sample spreads from the 1920s section.
Sample spreads from the 1920s section.

The biggest hurdle is obviously the printing cost. Most printers, including Blurb, base their costs on quantity—and unfortunately, books are one of the most expensive items to print. If I were to simply make the book available for individual sale on their site, the per unit cost would be over 25% higher. However, if I'm able to raise enough funds to order an initial bulk supply, I can take advantage of the volume discount and sell them at a more reasonable price. That's where Kickstarter will be invaluable.

I'm also hoping to have a surplus of books to sell in person at next year's Main Street Festival in Laurel, which will allow me (and buyers) to forego shipping costs and logistics.

Speaking of the Main Street Festival, the book includes this photo—of Laurel's very first event in 1981.
Speaking of the Main Street Festival, the book includes this photo—of Laurel's very first event in 1981.

The other major expense is photo licensing. Plenty of folks have donated terrific images in exchange for a photo credit and a complimentary copy of the book, but there are several historic Baltimore Sun photographs that I feel need to be included. The cost for the dozen or so images that I've already earmarked will top $1,100. The Kickstarter funding will be a tremendous help in offsetting that hefty out-of-pocket expense.

Just a few of the photos being considered for inclusion.
Just a few of the photos being considered for inclusion.

At right, you'll see tiered reward levels for various contributions. The book itself is the $40 level. If you make the $40 pledge, you'll be guaranteed a first edition of the book. There are also levels below and above that price point—some of which include limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards, as well as one-of-a kind photos from the Baltimore Sun's historic archive.

Throughout this 30-day Kickstarter campaign, I'll also be posting updates with new reward levels, including artifacts from the Lost Laurel collection, and some that appear in the book itself! These will only be available to the project's backers on Kickstarter.

Just a Few of the Rewards:

Limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard set
Limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard set
A new addition to the Lost Laurel postcard set: my colorized version of Wineland's Laurel Drive-In Marquee will be included! For a $20 pledge, you'll recieve 2 copies of 6 different limited-edition postcards (12 total).
A new addition to the Lost Laurel postcard set: my colorized version of Wineland's Laurel Drive-In Marquee will be included! For a $20 pledge, you'll recieve 2 copies of 6 different limited-edition postcards (12 total).
Rare artifacts from the Lost Laurel collection—including some featured in the book—will be available throughout the campaign!
Rare artifacts from the Lost Laurel collection—including some featured in the book—will be available throughout the campaign!
This 8x10 historic print from the Baltimore Sun's archives will be matted and framed for one lucky Lost Laurelite!
This 8x10 historic print from the Baltimore Sun's archives will be matted and framed for one lucky Lost Laurelite!
Another 8x10 historic print from the Baltimore Sun's archives (the B & O Railroad Station in 1963) is available as a reward, unframed.
Another 8x10 historic print from the Baltimore Sun's archives (the B & O Railroad Station in 1963) is available as a reward, unframed.
This original key ring to my time-traveling 1959 Impala from Mid-City Chevrolet can be yours!
This original key ring to my time-traveling 1959 Impala from Mid-City Chevrolet can be yours!
From the Lost Laurel toy department, this mint-condition 1970s Peoples Drug Matchbox-style truck is sure to look good on your shelf!
From the Lost Laurel toy department, this mint-condition 1970s Peoples Drug Matchbox-style truck is sure to look good on your shelf!
Or, how about an antique glass advertising paperweight from the legendary Laurel Sanitarium?
Or, how about an antique glass advertising paperweight from the legendary Laurel Sanitarium?
A rare, vintage Shenango China ashtray from the White Coffee Pot Restaurant. A small chip only adds character!
A rare, vintage Shenango China ashtray from the White Coffee Pot Restaurant. A small chip only adds character!
And what good is a vintage ashtray without a vintage cigarette lighter? This 1960s Drug Fair Royal Star windproof lighter is mint condition, including the box it came in!
And what good is a vintage ashtray without a vintage cigarette lighter? This 1960s Drug Fair Royal Star windproof lighter is mint condition, including the box it came in!
Hungry for an affordable reward that's featured in the book? How about $35 for an original 1950s Kresge's lunch counter "Afternoon Special" sheet—complete with vintage Laurel Shopping Center rubber stamp?
Hungry for an affordable reward that's featured in the book? How about $35 for an original 1950s Kresge's lunch counter "Afternoon Special" sheet—complete with vintage Laurel Shopping Center rubber stamp?
Courtesy of Jeff Perlin, it's the original 3' x 5' flag that flew above the Crown Gas station at Rt. 198 & Brock Bridge Road throughout the 1970s & 80s!
Courtesy of Jeff Perlin, it's the original 3' x 5' flag that flew above the Crown Gas station at Rt. 198 & Brock Bridge Road throughout the 1970s & 80s!
Score a strike by picking up this set of vintage Fair Lanes Bowling awards patches, along with a copy of the Lost Laurel book!
Score a strike by picking up this set of vintage Fair Lanes Bowling awards patches, along with a copy of the Lost Laurel book!
An original early-1970s Laurel / Prince George's County Boys Club wool jacket, donated by John Floyd!
An original early-1970s Laurel / Prince George's County Boys Club wool jacket, donated by John Floyd!
Want to be a REAL Lost Laurel winner? Make the pledge for the Showbiz package: an authentic Showbiz Pizza Place Skee-Ball acrylic scoreboard panel, along with a Showbiz game token and skee-ball ticket!
Want to be a REAL Lost Laurel winner? Make the pledge for the Showbiz package: an authentic Showbiz Pizza Place Skee-Ball acrylic scoreboard panel, along with a Showbiz game token and skee-ball ticket!

This book will make a welcome addition to the home of anyone with ties to Laurel, or an interest in vintage retailers. Copies will also be donated to the Laurel Historical Society and Laurel Library, where it will bring me even greater pleasure to see my work on their shelves.

Please order your Lost Laurel book by pledging the $40 level today, take advantage of some of the other awesome rewards, and spread the word! 

And don't forget to take advantage of the lower-priced rewards, too!

Courtesy of Jeff Perlin, get a set of FIVE vintage tokens from BOARDWALK WEST (plus your name in the book's credits as a patron) for just a $15 pledge!
Courtesy of Jeff Perlin, get a set of FIVE vintage tokens from BOARDWALK WEST (plus your name in the book's credits as a patron) for just a $15 pledge!
A $25 pledge will get you a fantastic, folding reproduction of a 1981 Delaney's carryout menu!
A $25 pledge will get you a fantastic, folding reproduction of a 1981 Delaney's carryout menu!
Own an artifact from the book: an authentic 1980s TIME-OUT VIDEO GAME TOKEN, also for a $25 pledge!
Own an artifact from the book: an authentic 1980s TIME-OUT VIDEO GAME TOKEN, also for a $25 pledge!
A $10 pledge... for a nickel?! Yep—it's an original Tastee-Freez wooden nickel!
A $10 pledge... for a nickel?! Yep—it's an original Tastee-Freez wooden nickel!

Risks and challenges

The first challenge is the funding itself. I've purposely set the Kickstarter goal at a less than ideal amount, because it's literally all or nothing. If the campaign doesn't reach its goal, I don't receive ANY of the pledges—and then it's back to square one. However, if it EXCEEDS the goal, it's all systems go for the Lost Laurel book!

Completing the design, proofreading, and having the book printed and ready to distribute by May 2014 is my goal, in order to participate in the Main Street Festival.

However, I have already designed roughly 70% of the book, and have outlined most of the remaining content for the complete project. That being said, there is actually a very good chance that the book will be ready to go to print well before the deadline—possibly even before the end of this year.

Some delays may occur if a photographer decides to rescind an image for some reason; at which point a replacement photo would be required, as well as a possible change in layout. Neither of these would impact the schedule significantly, however. And so far, I've yet to encounter a photographer who isn't as excited as I am about this book!

More likely, delays may be due to the opposite—having too MANY great photos to choose from. (And that's a good problem to have!) As of this posting, I'm waiting on several new photos to arrive from contributors, some of which I've yet to see. Undoubtedly, at least a few of these will need to be added to the book, requiring additional layouts or redesign of specific spreads.

Likewise, if the Kickstarter campaign yields more funding than expected, (fingers crossed!) that could open the door for several additional images and/or pages, all of which would require some additional time to lay out. Nonetheless, the May 2014 deadline would still be more than sufficient.

As far as printing goes, I'll have the chance to carefully review a sample copy of the complete book before proceeding with a full bulk order. In the event that there are problems with image quality, color, etc., I may need some time to confer with print representatives, and/or supply them with updated files. Again, this would simply be a quality control issue that wouldn't impede the overall schedule.

Last, but not least—the mail. We all know that the postal service can be hit or miss. For all orders that will require shipping, I plan to use USPS Media Mail, and will secure the packages to the best of my ability. All padded envelopes/packages will include cardboard stabilizers to prevent folding, and will include a return address to ensure that any misplaced mail eventually finds its way to you... or back to me.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    A special shout-out on the Lost Laurel blog and Facebook pages, because every dollar helps!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    1. A limited edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. Postcard is 5" x 7" and features a dramatic 1956 aerial view of the then-new Laurel Shopping Center.

    2. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: a VINTAGE TASTEE-FREEZ WOODEN NICKEL!
    2. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    FIVE SILVER GAME TOKENS FROM BOARDWALK WEST, plus your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    FIVE BRASS/GOLD GAME TOKENS FROM BOARDWALK WEST, plus your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    1. Lost Laurel 10-Postcard Pack:
    An assortment of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (2 each of 5 different cards = 10 cards). Designed to promote the book, this set includes photos and artifacts representing Rt. 1 in the 1930s, Delaney's Pizza Pub, Peoples Drug, Time-Out Family Amusement Center, and a 1956 aerial view of Laurel Shopping Center.

    2. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    1. A reproduction of a classic 1981 Delaney's Irish Pizza Pub carryout menu.

    2. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    An artifact from the book: A VINTAGE 1980s TIME-OUT GAME TOKEN! Plus, two Lost Laurel Time-Out "free game token" postcards, and your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    An artifact from the Lost Laurel book: AN ORIGINAL 1950s KRESGE'S LUNCH COUNTER "AFTERNOON SPECIAL" SHEET! This unused (blank) sheet measures 5.5" x 6.75, AND bears a rubber stamp showing the vintage Laurel Shopping Center logo/sign! (See photo on main page).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    1. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book as soon as it's complete.

    2. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard (your choice of cards).

    3. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    111 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    1. A signed, limited edition (100) first-run print of the Lost Laurel book.

    2. A 5-card limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard set (full set of 5 cards).

    3. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 107 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $65 or more About $65

    1. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book as soon as it’s complete. 2. A limited edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book’s progress. 3. Your name printed in the acknowledgments section of the book. 4. AN ARTIFACT FROM THE BOOK: An original 1990s Time-Out Family Amusement Centers strip of 5 skee-ball prize tickets!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE DUNCAN YO-YO FROM RED BARN RESTAURANT 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE BENNIGAN'S MINI-MUG SHOT GLASS! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book.

    2. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress.

    3. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    4. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards).

    5. An artifact from the book: An original 1970s mint condition matchbook from Delaney's Irish Pizza Pub!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 2. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 3. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 4. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards). 5. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: An AUTOGRAPHED Bob Windsor 1973 Topps Football card!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 2. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 3. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 4. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards). 5. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: A 1980s VINTAGE EROL'S VIDEO CLUB COFFEE MUG!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 2. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 3. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 4. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards). 5. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: An ORIGINAL 1970s PLASTIC TOY RING from PAPPY'S PIZZA!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 2. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 3. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 4. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards). 5. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: An original 1980s MENU from THE GREENE TURTLE at LAUREL LAKES!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 2. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 3. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 4. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards). 5. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: An original 1990s MENU from CHAMPION BILLIARDS at LAUREL SHOPPING CENTER!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  22. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: Antique glass advertising paperweight from THE LAUREL SANITARIUM!
    2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress.
    4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.
    5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  23. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: AN ORIGINAL 1959 IMPALA KEY RING FROM MID-CITY CHEVROLET!
    2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  24. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE ASHTRAY (Shenango China) FROM THE WHITE COFFEE POT RESTAURANT 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  25. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection, courtesy of Jeff Perlin: VINTAGE 1980s 3' X 5' LOGO FLAG FROM CROWN GAS at RT. 198 & BROCK BRIDGE ROAD!

    2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  26. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE FAIR LANES BOWLING PATCHES (SET OF 6)! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  27. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE 1960s DRUG FAIR CIGARETTE LIGHTER! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  28. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE 1980s ARBITRON COFFEE MUG! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  29. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: MINT CONDITION, VINTAGE 1970s PEOPLES DRUG MATCHBOX-STYLE TOY TRUCK! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  30. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: ORIGINAL 1958 WOOLWORTH'S 36-PAGE SALES CATALOG! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  31. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: 1995 "LITTLE TAVERN, LAUREL MARYLAND" WOODEN ORNAMENT BY THE CAT'S MEOW. 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  32. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: ORIGINAL 1950s/60s GIANT FOOD MANAGER'S POCKET NOTEBOOK! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  33. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS FROM THE WHITE COFFEE POT RESTAURANT! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  34. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE 1980s HURRICANE GLASS FROM DiGENNARO'S RESTAURANT! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  35. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: ORIGINAL 1960s LAUREL RESCUE SQUAD "RESCUETTES" 48-PAGE PROGRAM BOOKLET. 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  36. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: ORIGINAL 1960s LITTLE TAVERN MUG! (McNicol China) 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  37. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection, courtesy of John Floyd: ORIGINAL 1970s DUCKPIN BOWLING BALL SET + FAIR LANES LEAGUE MEMBER TAG! 2. A first-run print edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. A limited-edition Lost Laurel postcard, updating you on the book's progress. 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron. 5. Complete set of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  38. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    1. A signed first edition of the Lost Laurel book. 2. From the Lost Laurel collection, an original 8" x 10" photograph from the Baltimore Sun archive (1963): "B & O Railroad Station". 3. TWO complete sets of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards per set, 48 cards total). 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  39. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    1. A signed hardcover first edition of the Lost Laurel book. 2. From the Lost Laurel collection, an original 6" x 10" photograph from the Baltimore Sun archive (1970): "Welcome to Laurel's Centennial Rt. 1 Banner". 3. TWO complete sets of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards per set, 48 cards total). 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  40. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    1. A signed hardcover first edition of the Lost Laurel book. 2. From the Lost Laurel collection, an original 8" x 10" photograph from the Baltimore Sun archive (1963): "OLD LAUREL SANITARIUM". 3. TWO complete sets of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 6 different cards = 24 cards per set, 48 cards total). 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  41. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    1. A signed first edition of the Lost Laurel book.

    2. From the Lost Laurel collection, a framed, original 8" x 10" photograph from the Baltimore Sun archive (1959): "Laurel: The Place to Live".

    3. TWO complete sets of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards per set, 40 cards total).

    4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  42. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection: VINTAGE 10" DRUG FAIR TIN TOY TRUCK WITH ORIGINAL BOX! 2. A signed first edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. TWO complete sets of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards per set, 40 cards total). 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  43. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    1. An artifact from the Lost Laurel collection, courtesy of John Floyd: VINTAGE 1970s LAUREL/PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY BOYS CLUB WOOL JACKET (size L 42-44)! 2. A signed first edition of the Lost Laurel book. 3. TWO complete sets of limited-edition Lost Laurel postcards (4 each of 5 different cards = 20 cards per set, 40 cards total). 4. Your name printed in back-of-book credits as a patron.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers