National Geographic : 1974 Oct
Ten finely detailed sculptured figures. Portraying the ten generations of Americans from our Revolutionary forebears to the present. AVAILABLE BY ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION ONLY Limit: One collection per subscriber Subscription rolls close October 31,1974 HE AMERICAN PEOPLE 1776-1976 is a unique artistic tribute to our Ameri can heritage. In ten superbly detailed sculptured figures, this extraordinary collection will span the ten generations of American life from 1776 to the Bicentennial. Two hundred years of the American experience. Each figure will be representative of its own generation. Each will have its own character, its own personality. Each will be an original work of art, commissioned and created exclu sively for this collection. The figures will be meticulously crafted in solid, fine pewter and issued in a strictly limited edition by The Franklin Mint, world-renowned for the quality and artistry of its limited edition collector's items. Ten Generations, Beautifully Portrayed The collection begins with The First Citizen, a New Englander who leaves his farm to fight for freedom. The year is 1776. Independence has been proclaimed, but the precious right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness must still be won through arduous years of conflict. The second sculpture is The Pathfinder, seen in the Appalachian wilderness in the early 1800s. The sculptured detail of the figure is so fine you can read his initials-D.W.-carved in delicate tracery on his powder horn. As the generations succeed each other, The Canal Boat Man, brawny and tough, poles his towboat along the Erie Canal in the 1820s. The Prospector-aCalifornia '49er-has just found a heavy nugget in his pan. The first woman in the collection is The Homesteader-one of the pioneers who traveled West in the 1870s, braving hardship and danger to settle on free government land. The Gibson Girl of the gay nineties presents an interesting contrast, as she plays croquet, enjoying the new freedom of the Gilded Age. The Immigrant, carrying her baby in her arms, is one of the multitudes who came to these shores from Eastern Europe in the early years of the twentieth century, in quest of free- dom and opportunity for themselves and their descendants. Next in the collection is The Jazz Man of the twenties. You can almost hear the new, synco pated rhythms of the Jazz Age as he blows his horn. The GI of World War II is a combat veteran seen in a relaxed moment on a road in France, after the Normandy invasion. And the conclud ing figure represents the proudest achievement of today's generation, The Astronaut planting the Flag of Freedom on the moon. Ten men and women. Ten generations of Americans. They tell a 200-year story of people. Working. Fighting. Venturing. Playing. Daring. Building lives and futures for themselves and for all Americans. The complete collection is a unique artistic representation of the diversity and the continuity of the American spirit. Sculptured in Fine and Accurate Detail Each figure will be sculptured in the finest detail, with complete devotion to historical accuracy. Each article of clothing, each tool, each action is authentic in every respect, and completely true to the life of the time. The fringes on The Pathfinder's buckskins . the valves and bends of The Jazz Man's trumpet . . . the fine embroidery on The Immi grant's apron . . . The Astronaut's complex equipment-each tiny detail is exquisitely sculp tured, with superb skill and artistry. Strictly Limited Edition The American People 1776-1976 will be issued in a single strictly limited edition. The series of ten sculptures is available only by advance subscription, and there is an absolute limit of one collection per subscriber. The total edition will be exactly equal to the number of valid subscriptions postmarked by the closing date of October 31. When each sub scriber has received his sculptures, the molds will be broken and these limited edition works of art will never be produced again. No Advance Payment Required The sculptures will be completed and sent to subscribers at the rate of one every other month, beginning in December 1974. The origi nal issue price is $55. per sculpture. No advance payment is required. Subscribers will be billed for each sculpture after shipment, in two equal © 1974FM monthly installments of $27.50 each. Thus, subscribers will be able to acquire this extraordinary collection of limited edition sculp ture on a convenient monthly basis. The collection will be completed early in the Bicentennial year of 1976. Together, these ten works of art-representing ten generations of American life-will form a superb sculpture collection that will be a joy to own and display. A collection that is destined to become a rare and treasured heirloom of the Bicentennial era. An Important Opportunity This is the first and only time that The American People 1776-1976 will ever be offered. To take advantage of this important oppor tunity, please note that the Advance Subscrip tion Application below must be mailed by October 31, 1974. Applications postmarked after that date must, regretfully, be declined and returned. -------- ----- .... - - - -- - - - -- - - -- - - The _JmericanPeople 1776-1976 ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION Valid only if postmarked by October31, 1974 Limit: one collection per subscriber The Franklin Mint Franklin Center, Pennsylvania 19091 Please accept my subscription for The American People 1776-1976, consisting of ten finely detailed sculptures crafted in solid pewter at $55. each. These sculptures will be sent to me at the rate of one every other month beginning in December 1974. I understand that I need send no money now. 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