The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Two-hundred obscure photographs that have been buried in archives around the world are being brought to new life by Diana Metzinger, a young woman from Cleveland, who is restoring the images for her crowdfunding project The Grand Tour which will be running until February 4th on Kickstarter.

A grotto in an iceberg (British Antarctic Expedition, 1911)/National Library of New Zealand
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Last year, she chose to unearth 100 rarely-seen historic images for a restoration project entitled The Past in Focus. This campaign received so much positive feedback from backers that Diana decided to release a second edition, as well as create this new project focusing strictly on travel photography.

“The support I received from the Kickstarter community was tremendous and humbling, too. I never realized that so many people were interested in seeing these rare photos restored!”

Together, Diana and her sister Constance operate a small home-based business where they sell prints of historic photographs on Etsy. They often browse the digital collections of libraries from around the world and it was through one of these searches that Diana decided to launch The Past in Focus as a crowdfunding campaign for Kickstarter’s Make 100last year. Make 100 is a monthlong creative initiative focused on limited editions of 100.

“There were so many beautiful photographs buried deep in these archives and I wanted all of them to be seen and appreciated by others. Restoration work in time-consuming though, so I decided that if the project was to get funded I would put our business on hold until I could complete the work.”

The project was indeed funded in less than 48 hours and the limited edition digital collections of The Past in Focus were sold out in three days. The new collection, The Grand Tour, was also funded in less than 48 hours, but there are various reward levels so that everyone can enjoy these sets, not just the select few who pledged early.

The beautiful images include scenes of exotic locales such as Bali, India, the Aconcagua Valley of Chile, Zanzibar, intrepid travelers climbing snow-covered mountain peaks, panorama landscapes, and rare color photochroms, most of them dating from 1870-1930, the “golden age” of travel.

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Climbing Paradise Glacier in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, ca. 1911-1920. (Photo by Curtis & Miller/National Photo Company)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

S.S. Paris, Ocean Liner, ca. 1890s. (Photo by John S. Johnston/Detroit Publishing Company Collection)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

View of Venice, Italy, ca. 1890s. (Photochrom/Library of Congress)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

One of the unrestored images: Railroad train at the Paris Exposition, 1889. (Tissandier Collection)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Traveling by reindeer, Archangel, Russia, ca. 1890s. (Detroit Publishing Company Collection)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

The Rameseum of El-Kurneh, Thebes, 1857. (Photo by Francis Frith /The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

From The Past in Focus: The ship Garthsnaid weathering a storm, 1920. (National Library of New Zealand)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Berigo, San Remo, Riviera, ca. 1890s. (Library of Congress)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

A British tourist arriving in Sudan, Africa, 1936. (Matson Photo Service Collection)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Helsinki, ca.1900. (Photo by Gustaf Sandberg/The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

A View of New Zealand, ca. 1890-1910. (Photo by William Joseph Macpherson/State Library of New South Wales)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Delta Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Chi Girls, 1905. (Frank Snyder Photograph Collection)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Leigh Brintnell outside his Fokker Super-Universal airplane, 1935. (Provincial Archives of Alberta)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Dancing Lesson – The “Mazurka”, ca. late 1800s. (Photo by Karl Karlovitz Bulla/The J. Paul Getty Museum)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Lakeview of Detroit, Michigan, ca. 1910-1930. (Detroit Publishing Company Collection)
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Temple of Athena, Aegina Island, Greece ( 1850-1880 )/Library of Congress
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Promenade and Grand Salon, Trouville, France ( c1890-1900 ) / The Library of Congress
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

One of the photographs before restoration……
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

….and then after restoration!
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Arizona. Grand Canyon, photographer suspended on climber’s rope ( 1908 )/Kolb Brothers Photographers
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Playing a game of “slå på ring” at Folkefjellet ( 1910 ) – Paul Stang/Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Strongman Paul Remos hoists his son in the air to feed a giraffe at the zoo ( 1930s )/Library of Congress
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Navajo Indian warming hands over fire in tepee ( 1915 ) – William J. Carpenter/Library of Congress
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

The Ghost Town of Eureka, Colorado ( 1900 ) by William Henry Jackson/Detroit Publishing Company Archives
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Juan Domenjos flying an Antionette airplane ( 1915 )/Harris & Ewing Collection
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

A streetside view of Saratoga Springs, NY ( 1915 )/Detroit Publishing Company Archives
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

An Italian mother with her child at Ellis Island, NY ( 1905 ) by Lewis Wickes Hine/Preus Museum
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

A Jewett touring car in the San Francisco area ( 1923 )/Wyland Stanley Collection
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Photographer Marion Post Wolcott on assignment in Kentucky ( 1940 )/Library of Congress
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

Three-masted ships in formation ( 1899 )/Library of Congress
The Past in Focus: 200 Fascinating Vintage Travel Photographs Are Being Restored

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