of the Year Report For
First... for those who haven't been with us during our growth, a brief look at our beginnings.
When we first looked at the internet in 2000, we searched to see what type of sites were available to benefit the hobby. After exhaustive searching, all we found were selling websites with some prices and a small amount of information for beginners...primarily about what the different sizes were .
When we decided to put up the website, we had envisioned a huge site that would get into every facet of collecting movie posters and provide extensive research material for all levels of collectors -- a site that both collector and dealer could come and be able to use extensively.
We officially opened LAMP on Jan 15, 2001 as a small dot in the area of movie poster collecting on the internet. I looked at our bulletins from December of 2001 and how happy we were to have reached a size of 400 pages of information and were overjoyed to have almost 10,000 visitors a month.
During our 2nd year we expanded our articles into such areas as Artists and Studios. We started the impossible task of trying to track down ALL NSS numbers of the 44 years of NSS dominance. We tried to create a manual list of US movies, finally coming to the realization that we needed to create something a lot more massive to control such a huge amount of information. Also during the year, we were approached to release another book for a wider group of collectors. By the end of our second year, the site was almost 5000 pages of information and we almost quadrupled in traffic to close to 40,000 visitors a month.
During our 3rd year, we released our 2nd book (Learn About Movie Posters). We expanded our reference section to over 6500 pages. We introduced sections like: Minor Studios and Early Studios, Lithographers and International Artists. We opened the Movie Poster DataBase(MPDB) with 87,000 titles and 13,000 images. We introduced the concept of giving collectors where to obtain that poster with Reputable Dealers attaching their information to the MPDB and controlling their own inventory. We tracked approx. 1.2 million visitors for the year.
this past year of 2004.....It
has been an ANOTHER unbelievable expansion year...
to highlight some of the major accomplishments:
1. We expanded our reference section to over 7500 pages, added such articles as: Benton Card Co., Legends, Morgan Litho log and dozens of early and minor film companies in the History Section. We also expanded many articles such as: Framing, Black Cast and added hundreds of Artists and NSS numbers.
2. We introduced the concepts of LAMP Approved Online Auction Dealers, the LAMP Approved Logo and the Poster Restoration Certificate
3. We added almost 1500 titles to the Movie Poster DataBase AND added almost 20,000 images.
4. We introduced a variety of new additions to the MPDB which includes showing Directors, Production and Distribution Companies, reissue dates for the film, and aka breakdowns.
5. We created and divided off LAMP-InternationalMoviePosters.com for research on the 45 top poster producing countries around the world and created LAMP-MoviePosterDatabase.com
6. We created a network of Dealers Maps for each state in the US AND all 45 countries to show a wide variety of information for collectors.
We tracked approx. 1.6 million visitors to LAMP from over 100 different countries..
We covered most of our projections from the previous year and sponsored 2 sites: Movie Poster Bid and Movie Poster Talk.
WHEW!!! (not too bad for 2 old fogies!!)
OK ... Now for some of the other side...and a look at What's Coming!
All of this sounds wonderful to us.... BUT there's a little darker side....
We also were hit by a worm in December that did a TREMENDOUS amount of damage, losing over 150 articles as well as destroying our backup. We have put up some older versions of articles and still have hundreds of dead links. We're going to have to spend a LOT of additional hours trying to rewrite and reconstruct and update all of those areas. The majority of the remaining damage is in the History Section.
The MoviePosterDataBase is working GREAT...... We have almost 32,000 images loaded (BUT we have over 300,000 READY TO LOAD) and over 10,000 posters listed for sale by reputable dealers. We plan to GREATLY expand this with a goal for the coming year to reach 60,000 images and 30,000 posters listed for sale.
WHERE TO WE GO FROM HERE....... WHAT'S COMING....
We have only scratched the surface of what SHOULD be available to both Dealers and Collectors.... We still look at what's on the internet and are VERY DISGRUNTLED... So here's what's in the works....
Dealers and Travel Maps:
We designed the maps to provide a wide range of information for collectors. Since we only put in the framework this past year, we plan to greatly expand the information. The maps will show location of LAMP Dealers and Suppliers, locations of posters on exhibit for travelers, Approved Framing locations (see framing below). We plan during the coming year to test some discount travel venues with the possibility of later offering discount travel for LAMP members.
Framing - of course our Framing Expert (Sue Heim) has already outlined a number of how-to's about framing... BUT she can't be everywhere!!. We still hear horror stories constantly....So.. We've been talking with a number of framing shops around the country and are trying to establish a group of framers that are knowledgable about framing movie posters and are working on a package for them so they can be recommended by LAMP to collectors in different states as a place that is safe to bring their poster to.
Restoration - We have a program for restorers to provide larger images that can be downloaded and printed for help when trying to restore and repair missing parts of a poster.We plan to create a Q&A section for each area of preservation to cover every phase with expert advise
Artists and Museums
Other Items - we are frequently asked about these areas.
Other MPDB Programs
And then on our off time (when we have any!!)................... we do have a couple of books in the works and are trying to release at least one during the coming year.
For the past few years.. all we hear from collectors and dealers is how much is needed, how rotten it is to be forced to use eBay, how an alternative direction is needed, how nobody ever does anything, complaints about almost every aspect of the hobby........ but no changes?????
WE'RE BUILDING THE ALTERNATIVE.
I hope this gives you an idea of how far we have come and how far we plan to go. We hope you will make a commitment to help us grow and expand into a central community for the benefit of the Movie Poster Collecting Dealers and Collectors.
We have committed to do everything that we can to preserve, archive, expand, teach, connect and enjoy all the aspects of movie poster collecting -- we hope you will help us achieve this goal.
Looking forward to the growth of the coming year,
'A little BIGGER and a little BETTER each day - building a new direction... FOR ALL OF US'