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The easiest, most beautiful way to preserve your aging tapes, film, & photos, digitally.
The easiest, most beautiful way to preserve your aging tapes, film, & photos, digitally.
31 backers pledged $12,022 to help bring this project to life.

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Forever, made simple. 

Legacybox is a simple, beautiful, all-in-one mailing kit for preserving your treasured memories stuck on aging analog formats, including videotapes, film reels, audio cassettes, photos, slides, and negatives.

Just add memories.

With your Legacybox we've thought of everything. All you do is add your memories. We've included everything you need to package and mail your treasures safely including round-trip shipping, crush proof boxes, and packing material.

We do our magic.

Drop-off your Legacybox or we'll arrange to have it picked-up from your door where it will be whisked away to our high-tech, 8,500 square-foot studio for processing. Our team of over forty highly trained technicians will digitize and preserve every item you send by hand, and with care. Every item is barcoded, and you'll get personalized e-mail updates at every step.

Relive your memories digitally.

For every item you mail in you'll receive both a professionally mastered DVD (or CD for images) rated to last 100 years, as well as an editable digital copy, for storing on the cloud, sharing on instagram, or e-mailing to Aunt Mae.

How It Works

The Design Process 

The Legacybox is a result of hundreds of hours of designing, prototyping, and testing. Creating a box and kit that could transport such important items was a serious endeavor. We had several concerns during our initial brainstorming, including safety, size, and of course, experience. We wanted to create a kit that functioned well, but also felt as important as the memories it will help transport, and ultimately, preserve.

Manufactuing

It took a crash course in corrugated box manufacturing to design and prototype the Legacybox. We learned terms like flute size, essentially the thickness of the cardboard, and how lithograph labels would result in the best print quality. We toured a box manufacturer and convinced them that, yes, we wanted to label both the inside and outside of the box. We even bought (and read) a history of shipping containers to gain inspiration. After several rounds of designing, we came up with a crush proof kit, with smaller, heavier flute interior boxes for organizing your media within the kit.  We've gone through several iterations of the Legacybox kit, moving from initial box cut outs through to fully printed digital proofs.  We've tweaked, learned, revised and revisit, and are proud of where we have landed. 

Founders, Nick & Adam Tour a Corrugated Box Manufacturer
Founders, Nick & Adam Tour a Corrugated Box Manufacturer

Sizing

Everyone’s home movie and photo collection is different. So what size do you make something so versatile? We have years of data on the average families collection so we decided to target that for the number of items. We made dozens of prototypes in varying sizes until we got it right. Each kit can hold up to 40 VHS tapes. Go ahead and try it. But if you have other old media, or not quite as many items, we opted for internal boxes that can be used to organize your memories within the kit or be used as padding. Of course, there’s packing material as well, just in case.

Legacybox Design Drafts
Legacybox Design Drafts

Experience

Of course, the Legacybox needed to be an amazing experience, so every detail was designed. The Legacybox is fresh and modern, as we breathe new life into old outdated things. But it also harkens back to times past with subtle vintage touches in the typography and brand. There are many of these subtle touches. We included a handle to easily carry your filled Legacybox. The interior boxes are color coated in three different colors that correspond to the three steps it takes to easily package and send in your order. We included a beautifully designed booklet with custom iconography of all the analog formats we can preserve. And we even lined the interior of the box with a lithography labelled pattern to feel as rich when you open the kit as when you receive it. Literally no detail has been spared.

No detail was too small.
No detail was too small.
Analog Format Book
Analog Format Book

Funding Legacybox

Ultimately, we’re seeking funding because of the scale needed to make manufacturing and producing such detailed, well-crafted kits possible. There are many up-front investments, including print plates, die cuts, and most importantly, a large enough quantity to meet the minimum for manufacturing the Legacybox kits. Proceeds from this campaign will fund the first batch of Legacyboxes. 

The Rewards

Starting at the $59 level, you'll be among the first to receive a Legacybox at a very special introductory price. Each Legacybox is pre-paid for a certain number of home movies or photos and includes everything you'll need to package and send your memories safely. Here are all the packages.

Inspired by the originals.

Kodak was a pioneer in offering mail-in processing for developing your old home movies, photos, and film. Breathing new life into this model, Southtree is offering the same simple, yet innovative process, for digitizing your analog memories.

Vintage cameras, postcards, and film.
Vintage cameras, postcards, and film.

Formats

Legacybox can handle every major consumer format used to record home movies and photos. Here's our periodic table of the formats. Do you recognize any of these?

An innovation from Southtree.

Legacybox is a new innovation from the team at Southtree, a national leader in memory preservation. 

Southtree has over a decade of experience digitally converting over one-thousand videos each and every day.

Every memory is handled with care, and processed right here at home. You’ll be informed throughout the entire process with personalized updates from the moment your Legacybox arrives, to when its sent back. 

Scanning Photos By Hand
Scanning Photos By Hand

Examples

A few digitized film and photo examples. 

Risks and challenges

We are excited and extremely confident about this project, and have a clear production plan in place, although we understand the risk and challenges we face in producing this kit. Southtree will power the digitization of old media, with over one custom million DVDs created in the past few years, a new digitization studio of over 8,500 square feet, and an awesome team of almost forty dedicated individuals all working from the renaissance city of the south, Chattanooga, TN. Southtree has fulfilled orders for over 35,000 customers and is ready and capable to handle the digitizing aspects of the Legacybox. Southtree is currently equipped to handle the digitization of videotapes, film reels, audio cassettes, photo prints, slides, and negatives.

The most important task we face is sourcing the legacybox kit and materials. We already established great relationships with our manufacturing partners and have gone through over a dozen rounds of prototyping, from box construction to printing methods. We’ve moved beyond initial concept to working with digital proofs of the kit. The next step will be to lock-in the final designs and move forward with the custom die cuts and printing plates. We also have worked with printing shops for the sourcing of the included booklet along with additional associated marketing materials. They are waiting on our go-ahead. We are committed to ensuring the timely delivery of the legacybox kits and will do whatever it takes to make that happen.

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    Thanks for your support! We'll reward you with a our fan pack which includes a Southtree, all chrome, heavyweight ballpoint pen. This is our favorite pen from our awesome friends at Poppin and includes a gift box. We'll also throw in a set of Southtree stickers as a token of our appreciation!

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    Get a limited edition letter-pressed Memories Matter moleskine journal. Leaning back to printing methods of the past, this journal is pressed with care by our friends across the street at the Open Press by a master bookmaker. It's the kind of swag you'll be proud to walk into a coffee shop with or take on your next overseas trip to jot down the things that matter the most.

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    Get a limited edition Memories Matter hoodie. Featuring hand drawn illustrations from artist Charlie Gann. Screen-printed with care locally in Chattanooga, TN.

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    Get a limited edition letterpress "Memories Matter" moleskine journal along with our fan pack which includes a Southtree, all chrome, heavyweight ballpoint pen. This is our favorite pen from our awesome friends at Poppin and includes a gift box. We'll also throw in a set of Southtree stickers on top.

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    Pledge $59 or more About $59

    Get the starter Legacybox at a very special price. The starter kit includes digitizing up to 3 videotapes, 3 audio cassettes, or 3 film reels. Or if photos are filling your closet, the kit includes the digitizing of 75 photos, slides, or negatives.

    The kit includes our premium crush-proof box, pre-paid three-way FedEx shipping, telephone concierge support, packing materials and tape, the Legacybox booklet, analog format guide featuring custom iconography, and uniquely barcoded safety card.

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    Pledge $69 or more About $69

    Get the starter Legacybox at a very special price. The starter kit holds up to three videotapes, three film reels, and sixty photos, slides, or negatives. Note delivery is January of 2014. The kit includes our premium crush-proof box, pre-paid FedEx shipping, telephone concierge support, packing materials and tape, the Legacybox booklet, analog format guide featuring custom iconography, and uniquely barcoded safety card.

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    Pledge $99 or more About $99

    Get the standard Legacybox at a very special price. The standard kit includes digitizing up to 5 videotapes, 5 audio cassettes, or 5 film reels. Or if photos are filling your closet, the kit includes the digitizing of 125 photos, slides, or negative images.

    The kit includes our premium crush-proof box, pre-paid round trip FedEx shipping, telephone concierge support, packing materials and tape, the Legacybox booklet, analog format guide featuring custom iconography, and uniquely barcoded safety card.

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    Pledge $179 or more About $179

    Get the family Legacybox at a very special price. The family kit includes digitizing up to 10 videotapes, 10 audio cassettes, or 10 film reels. Or if photos are filling your closet, the kit includes the digitizing of 250 photos, slides, or negative images.

    The kit includes our premium crush-proof box, pre-paid round trip FedEx shipping, telephone concierge support, packing materials and tape, the Legacybox booklet, analog format guide featuring custom iconography, and uniquely barcoded safety card.

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    Pledge $249 or more About $249

    Get the collection Legacybox at a very special price. The collection kit includes digitizing up to 15 videotapes, 15 audio cassettes, or 15 film reels. Or if photos are filling your closet, the kit includes the digitizing of 375 photos, slides, or negative images. The kit includes our premium crush-proof box, pre-paid round trip FedEx shipping, telephone concierge support, packing materials and tape, the Legacybox booklet, analog format guide featuring custom iconography, and uniquely barcoded safety card.

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    Pledge $379 or more About $379

    Get the large collection Legacybox at a very special price. The large collection kit includes digitizing up to 25 videotapes, 25 audio cassettes, or 25 film reels. Or if photos are filling your closet, the kit includes the digitizing of 625 photos, slides, or negative images. The kit includes our premium crush-proof box, pre-paid round trip FedEx shipping, telephone concierge support, packing materials and tape, the Legacybox booklet, analog format guide featuring custom iconography, and uniquely barcoded safety card.

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    Pledge $599 or more About $599

    Clean out your closet with Legacybox at a very special price. The closet kit includes digitizing up to 40 videotapes, 40 audio cassettes, or 40 film reels. Or if photos are filling your closet, the kit includes the digitizing of 1000 photos, slides, or negative images. The kit includes our premium crush-proof box, pre-paid round trip FedEx shipping, telephone concierge support, packing materials and tape, the Legacybox booklet, analog format guide featuring custom iconography, and uniquely barcoded safety card.

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