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Make 100 Japanese Art Stamp Albums / Hiroshige's Woodblocks

A project in Alexandria, VA by Stuart Bradley

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Hiroshige's woodblock prints of the 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road, from the 1830's, in full color with six Japanese postage stamps.
Backers: 171
Average Daily Pledges: $321
Average Pledge Per Backer: $109

Funding: $18,624 of $1,000
Dates: Nov 24th -> Jan 23rd (60 days)
Project By: Stuart Bradley
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Latest News

Stretch Goal Reached! / Postcards Will Have Tuck Box

January 16th - via:
We reached our final stretch goal of $18,000, and so I will be designing a tuck box for the 56 Tokaido Road Postcard Sets. All sets will come in a nice, colorful tuck box. Get a second set of postcards for $20 with no additional shipping cost. Just... (Read More)

Keep Your Eye on the Kickstarter in the Last Week

January 15th - via:
With just a week to go in this campaign, there are some backers that for whatever reason decide to cancel their pledge or change their reward. And that opens up opportunities that were not there before. For instance, right now there is a Limited... (Read More)

Last Stretch Goal / Tuck Box for the Tokaido Road Postcard Set

January 10th - via:
Here is our final stretch goal. If we can reach $18,000 in pledges by the end of this Kickstarter campaign then I will design a tuck box for the Tokaido Road Postcard Set. So rather than coming shrink wrapped the sets of postcards will come in a very... (Read More)

One More Deluxe Edition & Four More Wave Stamp Cards Available

January 8th - via:
I have looked over my inventory and I am able to offer one more Deluxe Edition Japanese Art Stamp Album with all 55 stamps from the 2020 Souvenir Sheet, and four more Wave Stamp Cards. The Wave Stamp Cards are available as an add-on and are... (Read More)

37 Sets of Tokaido Road Postcards Pledged For / New Reward Level For Two Sets at $45

January 7th - via:
I am pleased to report that we have pledges for 37 sets of the Tokaido Road postcards. There is a new reward level for two sets of postcards for the discounted rate of $45. If any backer wishes to receive more than one postcard set simply add $20 per... (Read More)

More Options With the New Postcard Set

January 3rd - via:
In my research the Hiroshige postcards that are available are 40 to 50 years old. The ones printed in Japan are sold individually on eBay for $10 or more. There is also a set of 12 that was printed in the USSR. Museums have offered sets of five... (Read More)

New Reward Level & Add-On / A Set of 56, 4 by 6 inch, Tokaido Road Postcards

January 1st - via:
With three weeks to go I am offering a set of 56 postcard size cards, 4 by 6 inches, of the 55 Tokaido Road woodblock prints. These cards will be designed by me in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and printed in full color by Shuffled Ink of Orlando,... (Read More)

Updates and New Stretch Goal of $15,000

December 29th - via:
There are some new developments: 1. The French Limited Edition Art Stamp Album of 100 with all stamps mounted has sold out, joining the American Art Stamp Album Limited Edition of 100, which sold out last year. 2. There are only ten of the Japanese... (Read More)

New Stretch Goal For Hokusai's "Red Fuji" on a 5 by 7 Notecard

December 21st - via:
We need a new stretch goal. If we make it to $14,000 in pledges then every backer will receive Hokusai's great masterpieces, the "Great Wave" and "Red Fuji" notecards with their other rewards. These, like the Hiroshige notecards, are 5 by 7 inch... (Read More)

Three More Special Wave Stamp Cards Available / Stretch Bonus Locked In

December 20th - via:
I have located a few more 1963 Japanese Wave stamps and so there are three more stamp cards available under add-ons. Since we hit $12,000 in pledges I have locked in your stretch goal bonus. The 5 by 7 inch cards came in yesterday and they look... (Read More)

Shadow Box For Deluxe Version / Only One of the Ten Deluxe Book Packages Left

December 20th - via:
I thought you might want to see the shadow box that is an add-on for the Deluxe version of the book. Only one copy of the ten books is still available. The photo shows the green Limited Edition version of the book inside the shadow box since I do not... (Read More)

Antique Hiroshige Prints from Old Japanese Book

December 17th - via:
As part of the package deal with the Deluxe version of the book I am including five postcards, ten playing cards, and five antique prints from an old 5 by 7 inch Japanese book. I thought you might like to see the book and two of the prints. This is... (Read More)

Deluxe Book #1 With Folio of 3 Large Prints Goes Live at 6 PM EST Today

December 16th - via:
Less than an hour to go when the reward level is posted for Deluxe Book #1 with the large prints. See the previous updates for more photographs. The pledge level will be $450. Because of the large size of the folio, shipping will be $25 to the United... (Read More)

New Reward Level Launched / "Deluxe" Edition With All 55 Stamps

December 16th - via:
I received enough positive comments to go ahead and offer the Deluxe Edition with all 55 stamps carefully mounted by me from a 2020 Souvenir Sheet issued by Japan Post. I will launch Book #1 of 10 with the large Hiroshige prints at 6 PM EST today at... (Read More)

Three Print Japanese Folio With Book #1 of 10 "Deluxe" Version

December 16th - via:
Here are some pictures of the 13 by 19 inch blue card folio with an information sheet and three frameable Hiroshige prints. The prints are 9 by 14 inches and have a mat. They were printed by a Tokyo bank which has a set of original prints in their... (Read More)

Proposed "Deluxe" Edition For Your Comments

December 16th - via:
The plan would be to acquire some copies of the large souvenir sheet from Japanese stamp dealers. Then I would break them down and carefully mount the 55 stamps in the special "Deluxe" album. This book would have alterations since the other versions... (Read More)

The 2020 "Souvenir Sheet" Issued by Japan Post

December 16th - via:
As you know, it took Japan Post 61 years to issue all 55 stamps of the Tokaido Road series by Hiroshige. The series was complete in 2019 and that is why I am doing this Art Stamp Album now. Just a couple of months ago Japan Post issued what they call... (Read More)

Some Ideas For a Deluxe Edition of the Hiroshige Book

December 15th - via:
In the next few days I am going to present an idea for a "deluxe" version of this Hiroshige book. I have been overwhelmed by the response to this book and I thank you all that are supporting it.  One of the surprises to me has been the interest by... (Read More)

Stretch Goal With Bonus Reward For All Backers

December 14th - via:
The 20 Great Wave Stamp Cards with a copy of the 1963 stamp are all gone. It surprised me that they sold out in 8 hours, rather than needing the 48 hours that I set up the "Flash Sale" for. So it is time for a stretch goal for this campaign. Here it... (Read More)

"Flash Sale" for Two Days Only / "The Great Wave" by Hokusai Stamp Card

December 13th - via:
It is time to do something fun in the middle of this long campaign! "The Great Wave" by Hokusai, a woodblock print from 1829-1833 is one of the greatest Japanese woodblock prints of all time. It was portrayed on a Japanese stamp in 1963. This is a... (Read More)

Do-It-Yourself Spiral Version of the Book Now Available

December 11th - via:
As I work on ads for two philatelic societies I belong to, It occurs to me that some people would rather have a spiral stamp album that they can do themselves with no stamps mounted by me. So we are now offering a third version of the book, same... (Read More)

Photograph of First Batch of Hiroshige Notecards as Add-Ons

December 7th - via:
I just received the first batch of the 5 by 7 inch Hiroshige notecards from the printer. They are available only as an add-on to your book, for $20 for the five notecards and five envelopes. No extra shipping charge is added. I am very pleased with... (Read More)

Some Additions & Clarifications to the Campaign

December 5th - via:
1. I have added a new reward level at $58 which is a package deal for those backers who want the American, French, and Japanese Art Stamp Album versions without stamps. These are what I call the "basic" versions and are not the limited edition... (Read More)

New Add-On Feature / Three Add-Ons Are Now Offered for this Project

December 3rd - via:
This project has been chosen by Kickstarter to include a beta testing of Add-on rewards. Basically it means that when you check out you are offered additional items that you might want to add to your pledge. For existing backers you can choose... (Read More)

New Reward and/or Add-On / 5 Hiroshige 5x7 Notecards With Envelopes

November 30th - via:
I am looking for more interesting ways to offer rewards. In other campaigns I have put together a set of five, 5 inch by 7 inch foldover notecards that are blank inside. They come with white envelopes. Here are the five Hiroshige Tokaido Road prints... (Read More)

New Reward Level / 5 Limited Edition Japanese Art Stamp Albums with 20 Stamps Mounted

November 28th - via:
Due to the overwhelming response yesterday to the books with 30 stamps mounted, I have ordered yet more stamps from Japan and can offer some books with 20 of the 55 stamps mounted for $100. So some of you may want to change your pledge level. These... (Read More)

New Reward Level / 8 Limited Edition Japanese Art Stamp Albums With 30 Stamps Mounted

November 27th - via:
I have had some requests for the spiral bound, Limited Edition Japanese Art Stamp Albums with more than 6 stamps mounted in them. Due to the early success of this project I was able to obtain 18 more sheets of ten stamps from a dealer in Japan. I am... (Read More)

An Incredible First Day / Thank You So Much

November 25th - via:
We met our goal within a few hours of launching last night and here we are at 260% with just 67 Limited Edition books left of the 100 after the first 24 hours. Thank you all so much for your support! We also received the designation from Kickstarter... (Read More)

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