* Free Vintage Clip Art and Public Domain Image Sites

"Rubber Stamp Set" Image from Old Design Shop.com

There are a number of websites that offer free downloads of vintage clip art, as well as copyright free public domain images. The images on these sites can be used in various ways, but it is always prudent to review each site's terms.

Below is a list of resources for fantastic vintage and public domain images, in no particular order:

  1. The Public Domain Review - an online journal and not-for-profit project, with a focus "on works which have fallen into the public domain, the vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restriction."
  2. Old Book Illustrations - a site that offers a wide range of public domain, royalty-free images scanned from old books.
  3. Grandma's Graphics - a treasury of clip art sourced from vintage children's books.
  4. The Old Design Shop - vintage image treasury from a book and ephemera collector.
  5. The Graphics Fairy - over 5,000 free vintage images.
  6. Free Pretty Things For You - free graphics and vintage clip art.
  7. Reusable Art - a collection of copyright free images.
  8. Publicdomainvectors.org - many images, including over 3400 free vintage clipart images.
  9. Clipartqueen - a number of images, including antique pictures, medieval, victorian, art nouveau, classic cars and other vintage clipart.

There are many other sites, too many to list, really. If you have time, please explore the Wikipedia: Public Domain Image Resources page. Contents: General Collections, US Government Resources, Subject-based Collections and Search Engines.

"Cupid Mailing A Valentine" Image from Reusable Art

By: Jayne Barket Lyons, Updated: 09-07-19

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