We were there and so were many of you! Thanks to everyone who came by our booth at the CBCF Exhibit Hall (Booth 443). We met many new faces, established new friends, and certainly more customers. Additionally, we got generous leads and ideas on how to scale our business. Thank you, thank you, thank you all for the ideas, they are most appreciated.
This year's CBCF was our first show. While we worked the exhibit hall there were opportunities to check out lectures, key opinion leader sessions, meet first time publishers; meet actors from the made for TV drama Powers; attend town hall meetings and several night time receptions. This was great networking. There were over 5,000 folks in and out of the exhibit hall from all over the country. At the end of the day, there was the opportunity to learn more about other 'Start Up' business experiences as well. We plan to be there next year again, if possible.
Historical Dream has been around for a short time. In 2014 we kicked around the idea of how best to elevate imagery and the contributions of historic ethnic Americans who've helped shape our Nation to be what it is. So we began the research, and there was a lot of research. We needed to better understand the known and unsung historic ethnic leaders. In 2015 and 2016 we highlighted through imagery the accomplishments of Chief Sitting Bull (Spiritual Leader and Chief of the Lakota tribe); Elizabeth Kechley (Seamstress slave turned emancipated African American, Entrepreneur and Confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln); Phyllis Wheatley (enslaved, but educated worldly Poet and Author); Maria Ampara Ruiz de Burton (Mexican American woman Author and a woman who tirelessly fought to retain her land after the Mexican-American war); Harriet Tubman (Abolitionist, Patriot, and Moses to the African American people); Wong Chin Foo ( Journalist and Activists for Chinese Americans during the early 19th century); and Frederick Douglass (Statesman, Humanitarian and Abolitionist). There are many more images to use to represent and forward our social interest. These ethnically diverse characters should be seen here, there and everywhere on all art forms! We'll deliver more in the coming years.
Frederick Douglass understood the power and impact of imagery when he sat for over 150 photo sessions (more than Mr. Lincoln) and so do we! Historical Dream has created various product categories celebrating powerful historic images via jewelry, furniture, home accessories, table top accessories, prints, apparel, note cards, and bags. There are still more categories to explore.
Toasting to a real good first year in business!!!! We've proven that all kinds of people from various backgrounds like our products and enjoy our mission/story. The year isn't over, but most of it is and now we're preparing for the holiday season. Email us if you don't see something on our website that you've seen at one of our Flea Markets, Trunk shows or exhibits.