It’s been just over a month since the last Q&A, so time for a new one.

When will the Theda Bara deck be on kickstarter?

The deck will definitely be on kickstarter some time in September. I’m aiming at the moment for the middle of September, maybe around Sunday 15th, but this is not set in stone and several things need to be finalised before this can happen. I need to finalise some quotes with suppliers, and check on the quality of some items from different suppliers.

I am confident it will definitely be on kickstarter before the end of September. This will allow for a 30 day campaign running to some time in October, and then, if successful, four-five weeks to get everything printed and distributed to backers by the first week in December.

Can you let me know when it is released?

Yes, of course. Either:

  • Follow me on Facebook and send me a message there. The link is in the column to the right of this Q&A, or
  • Email me at steve@jooktarot.com

Either way, I will add your name to the list of people who have already asked and will let you know when the deck is on kickstarter.

How much will the deck cost?

So, the costs still haven’t been finalised. All I can say is that the deck will be at the lower end of the usual kickstarter price per deck, without sacrificing any quality.

After the kickstarter, the deck will be sold, probably from this website, or etsy or ebay…..not sure which. However, I can guarantee that the deck sale price will be higher than the kickstarter price. The kickstarter price will be at a discount to the full price.

Aren’t the images you are using copyrighted?

No, the images are covered by US copyright laws (they were all taken in the USA). The majority of images used were taken by staff photographers from Fox studios in the 1910s. In the majority of cases, the identity of the photographer is unknown.

These photographs were stills taken on the film sets mostly in New York, California and Florida. They were taken to promote the films and to feed the growing newspaper interest in ‘photoplays’ and the emerging film magazines.

Under US copyright law, the copyright for an image expires 90 years after it is first published. All of the photographs I am using were first published on or before 1928, and are therefore over 90 years so copyright has expired and the images are free for all use.

The same principle applies to the Ouspensky text that was published in 1913, and the Boiardo poems written in the 15th century and published in the 16th century.

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