Friends, I have two pieces of great news to share with you.
After nearly two years of work researching, scanning and wringing my hands over this photo album, I’ve launched a Kickstarter to help me print its pages as a high quality book so everyone can experience a century gone by as I have. I feel this is important because I want the powerful content of Walter’s photos to be discussed and considered in person, not just on a screen.
The response has been enormous. In one short day we’ve raised over $12,000 to print this book, and two hundred people have given their support. Kickstarter has featured the project as a staff pick, you’ll see me on the homepage of kickstarter.com all day today. (Update: Wow, $18,000 when I woke up!) I was deeply worried that this might not be something anyone outside my family would care about, and I’ve been thoroughly proven wrong. Thank you.
Secondly, thanks so much to the communities at Boing Boing and Reddit for encouraging this project to move forward. In my day job I work as Boing Boing’s software developer, and they’ve encouraged me to put up a highlight post of the trenches. Fear not, these pages will appear shortly on the Tumblr.
/r/history has been updated on this project periodically for over a year and has been nothing but glowing with positive and encouraging words. I am speaking to many new followers here, and I imagine many of you are among them. Thank you for telling me you wanted to see this.
This Tumblr space will continue to post each page and my highlighted images in chronological order at Tumblr’s file upload limit. Those of you particularly excited about the project should check out the Kickstarter– there are great digital downloads, higher resolution images and a really gorgeous book of rare photos coming soon.
Thank you all, especially those early believers, for following along in this journey.