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Developer Dean Putney is seeking assistance on Kickstarter, in order to release a photo-book consisting of more than 1,000 never-before-seen images from World War I.

With all this technology laying around and a lot of photo-sharing websites full of high-quality images waiting to be viewed, it is still nice to watch some old photographs from time to time.

Dean Putney opens Kickstarter project to create photo-book from 1,000 World War I images

If you are into old photography, then you should check out this  new Kickstarter project created by San Francisco-based Dean Putney. The developer has a huge collection of World War I photos, which have been captured by his great grandfather.

The impressive collection consists of more than 1,000 photos, but not from the point of view that we are all used to, as Putney’s ancestor was fighting for the “wrong” side, so to speak.

His name was Walter Koessler and he was a German officer during WWI. All images are in almost perfect condition, as the officer’s family have taken good care of them.

Amazing World War I photos show how German soldiers were living in trenches

Before fighting in World War I, Walter Koessler was an architect. Apparently, he had a very good eye for photography. When the war started, he had to join the army and received the position of reserve artillery battalion officer.

Most photos from WWI come from the “winning” side, just like the reports. Many people say that WWI has been affected by propaganda and that the journalists should have done a better job in reporting the story from Germany’s side, as well.

Either way, Koessler’s album shows the life of German soldiers during the war and what it is like to live into the trenches they built themselves. These photos are unique and they have never been published or seen beforehand.

Entire collection is available for pre-order on Kickstarter

There are a lot of aerial World War I photos, too. While it will take a lot of time to view all shots, you can imagine how much work is required to scan them all and turn the collection into a printed photo-book.

This is why Dean Putney needs your help and you can lend a helping hand through Kickstarter right now. The developer needs $50,000 to kickstart his idea. So far, he has raised more than $33,000.

Thankfully, there are about 25 days left to gather the whole amount, but if you want a piece of history, you should really check out the project and donate on Kickstarter.

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