Magic Picture Frame: The Story Behind One Father's Gift to His Son, and How It Became a Christmas Gift for All America's Children

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With his father's help, a young man in Seattle stepped back in time to have historic experiences. He met Lou Gehrig, FDR, Jonas Salk, Thomas Edison, and even his own great-grandfather at Ellis Island in 1907 and learned secrets to their strength of will, dedication to purpose, and love of country. The result, accomplished through advanced digital photography and historically accurate text, is Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame. The story behind the book is now told in a new video.

If your dad told you he could put you on the Moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, would you believe him? And what if your big dream was to jump into the cockpit with Charles Lindbergh as he took off for his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean -- would you say, "Dad, can I please have that for Christmas?"

With his father's help, a young man in Seattle did step back in time to have these experiences, as well as meet Lou Gehrig, FDR, Jonas Salk, Thomas Edison, and even his own great grandfather at Ellis Island in 1907. He learned the secrets to their strength of will, dedication to purpose, and love of country.

Photographer and author Michael Class made all of these magical things come true for his 12-year-old son, Anthony, by using advanced digital photography. After securing permission for photos of historic moments -- and endorsements from people in those photos -- he placed Anthony in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis with Charles Lindbergh, on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in the laboratories of Thomas Edison and Jonas Salk, on Normandy beach on D-Day, at Ellis Island, and much more.

Now, a video telling the story of how the book was made can be viewed on the author's Web site ( The video also gives a "first look" at the next book in the Magic Picture Frame series.

Father and son worked together for nearly four years to capture and compile adventures with 20th century American heroes. The result is a museum-quality history book, Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame, full of photos and stories of Anthony "meeting" and learning exciting lessons from inspiring Americans. The Web site,, displays some of the book's captivating photographs.

Anthony travels into America's past by stepping through a Magic Picture Frame on his bedroom wall. But, the book also provides a 'time machine' for its readers. It's a way for kids to see, hear, and experience the things that Anthony did in the past: The book includes recommendations for 461 books, 595 movies, 217 songs, and 155 places to visit, all keyed to the subjects of each chapter. The book is a Christmas gift that will entertain and educate for many years to come.

Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame lifts spirits as it stimulates young minds. Embraced by the homeschooling community and parents and teachers nationwide, the book is a memorable gift for young adults, grades 6-12.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin agrees: "Parents and teachers will appreciate the inspiring message this unique history book holds for America's next generation. I recommend this book to all young Americans, may they take us to the stars and beyond."

In the next book, Class intends to send his 16-year-old daughter, Angela, into American history to meet famous women and to see history from a young woman's perspective. Angela is a character in the first book, but she is not pictured.

"I am choosing the heroes I want to meet," says Angela. "So far, I've decided to meet Julliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts; Annie Oakley, the famous sharpshooter; Harriet Tubman, the operator of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War; Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross; Bessie Coleman, America's first Black female pilot; Dorothea Lange, the famous documentary photographer of the Great Depression; Babe Dedrickson, the first woman to win three Olympic Gold Medals; and Jackie Cochran, the leader of the Women Air Service Pilots during World War II."

The second book, too, will carry moral themes and lessons from history.

Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame was named Outstanding Book of the Year by Independent Publisher (2006); awarded the Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award for Excellent Books (2007); is a celebrated winner of an iParenting Media Award for Excellent Products (2007), was named Reviewers Choice by Midwest Book Review (2006); and garnered Editor's Pick by Homefires: The Journal of Homeschooling Online (2006). Nationally syndicated talk-show host Michael Medved calls the book "entertaining and educational."

Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame (hardcover, 225 pages, $25.00) is available at, by calling toll-free 1-800-247-6553, at select bookstores, and on

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Note to editors and book reviewers: Michael Class and Anthony are available for interviews. Photographs and review copies of the book are available.

Contact: Michael Class, Magic Picture Frame Studio, P.O. Box 2603, Issaquah, WA 98027-0119.


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