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Free Vintage Images

Reusable Art hasĀ a collection of copyright free images chosen for crafters by a crafter. These free vintage drawings, paintings, and illustrations have been rescued from old print materials in the hopes that a new generation of artists and art lovers can enjoy them.

All of the images appearing on this site are copyright free and in the public domain in the United States, in countries that are part of the Berne Convention and any country that grants copyrights to artists up to 70 years after their death or 120 after publication when the artist is unknown. They can be used for anything you wish with no restrictions. (You can read more about this on our About Us page.)

Information is provided with each vintage image to research the copyright status in other countries as well as to honor the artists who created them.

Reusable Art has categorized all of the public domain and free vintage images appearing on this site to make them easier for crafters to find. We are excited to be able to honor the original artists as well as let their art enjoy a new purpose.

Let the crafting begin!

Alphabets & Letters

Alphabets & Letters

Large P Image


Truly large P image from an 1889 map of East Portland.

wild W monkey fancy letter image
Wild Monkey W

B is for Bear, fancy letter B dropcap image
B is for Bear

Animal Images

Animal Images

short-tailed python drawing

Python Curtus


The artist may have given this python more vibrant colors but the patterning matches that of the snake now known as Sumatran short-tailed python.

Hunter's Hartebeest
Hunter’s Hartebeest

South American Gecko
South American Gecko

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Sewing Together


Charming drawing of mother and daughter sewing together. Dates back to a 1907 book on Hungarian folklore.


Basket Parts


Camera with Tripod

Backgrounds & Patterns

Backgrounds & Patterns

golden marbled background

Golden Marbled Background


Vintage cover paper from an old seed catalog. Lovely public domain golden marbled background for your digital and printed art projects.

black and gold endpaper background
Black and Gold Endpaper Background

green leaf endpaper design
Green Leaf Endpaper

Bird Images

Bird Images

Stirking Birds Drawing

Striking Birds Drawing


Oh what a striking birds drawing. It’s in the public domain and shows a Kilimanjaro white-eye and a Hunter’s sunbird in full-color.

bird pair book plate
Bird Pair

falco peregrinus minor
Falco Peregrinus Minor

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

flowers, diamonds, clover leafs repeating pattern

Diamonds, Flowers and Clover Leafs


Diamonds, Flowers and Clover Leafs in a simple repeating pattern for use as borders or page spacers.

vintage sketch of man with fruit
Man with Fruit


Peacock Feather Bouquet

Building Images

Building Images

barrel birdhouse drawing

Barrel Bird House Drawing


An interesting example of a purple martin house. Vintage barrel birdhouse drawing from 1907.

barn birdhouse drawing
Barn Birdhouse Drawing

fancy martin house drawing
Fancy Martin House

Christmas Images

Christmas Images

Waiting for Santa

Waiting for Santa


Waiting for Santa. A sweet vintage Clapsaddle postcard with two little ones desperately trying to catch Santa. One’s already asleep the other is yawning.

Merry Christmas Sled with Holly Leaves & Berries
A Merry Christmas Sled


Christmas Poinsettia

Clothing & Apparel

Clothing & Apparel

Evening Dress in 1881


Evening dress in 1881 featuring a bodice and jacket pattern from a fashion magazine. The idea of sewing something like this makes me absolutely cringe.


Crown Drawing


Four Lovely Ladies

Fishing Images

Fishing Images

Kids Fishing


A charming little, black and white drawing of a trio of kids fishing. The fishing pole is three times the size of the children. So fun.


Friends Fishing


Creel, Net & Fish

Flower Images

Flower Images

foxglove drawing

Foxglove Drawing


Black and white foxglove drawing showing a stem of this stunning flower.

narcissus flowers
Narcissus Flowers

flower head drawing
Flower Head Drawing

Food Images

Food Images

pink plume celery drawing

Pink Plume Celery Drawing


Full-page and full-color vintage pink plume celery drawing. A pretty celery plant with a bit of pink shading. Looks pretty in the garden or on a plate.

vintage cabbage drawing
Vintage Cabbage Drawing

public domain, vintage dandelion drawing - full life cycle
Dandelion Drawing

Gardening Images

Gardening Images

Metal Wheelbarrow


Vintage metal wheelbarrow drawing from 1861. A great black and white illustration to use with your own art and creative projects.

wooden wheelbarrow drawing from ReusableArt.com
Wooden Wheelbarrow


Garden Marker

Holiday Images

Holiday Images

black bat drawing

Black Bat Drawing


He looks a bit scary. But, this black bat drawing was designed to show off his wing structure.

Gifts of Nature Vintage Thanksgiving Day Card by Ellent Clapsaddle
Gifts of Nature

easter landscape
Easter Landscape

Household Items

Household Items

Universal Wringer, an early washing machine

Clothes Washer


Vintage advertising image from 1867. Universal Wringer clothes washer from when doing laundry meant turning a crank to squeeze the water out of the clothes.


Vintage Scissors Drawing


Square Tool

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

blow fly drawing

Blow Fly Drawing


Black and white blow fly drawing from 1889. It’s in the public domain and can be used however you wish in your own artistic endeavors.

Tactocenmis dragonfly drawing
Tatocnemis Dragonfly

public domain termite drawing
Public Domain Termite Drawing

Landscape Images

Landscape Images

Sunset Over Water


Sweet little, vintage drawing of a sunset over water with seagulls and a sailboat.


Small Mountain Landscape

Winter Bird Landscape by Kittelsen
Winter Bird Landscape

Music Images

Music Images

Boehm Cylinder Flute Drawing

Boehm Cylinder Flute


The Boehm Cylinder Flute drawing we are sharing with you represents a revolutionary design change in the musical instrument.


Bassoon Drawing


Basset Horn Drawing

Mythology Images

Mythology Images

Mermaid


Such a pretty face in this vintage mermaid drawing from 1888. She is busily tending her hair whilst riding the waves of the sea.


Satyr Drawing


Pandora Releases Trouble

Nautical & Sealife Images

Nautical & Sealife Images

sea turtle

Sea Turtle


Public domain sea turtle drawing from 1911. Black and white scan from an encyclopedia.

pinktail triggerfish
Pinktail Triggerfish

Little Dragonfish
Little Dragonfish Drawing

People

People

Norman Armor


This fellow is copied from the Bayeux Tapestry. The vintage Norman Armor drawing features the fashion of armor from the time. I like the cartoonish look of it.


Sleds & Skates


Sailor Boy

Plant Drawings

Plant Drawings

teasel plant

Teasel Plant


Public domain drawing of a dried teasel plant head; once prized for the manufacture of woolen fabrics.

upright plant sketch
Upright Plant Sketch


Jack in the Pulpit Drawing

School Images

School Images

The Schoolroom


Kindergarten. What a fun time for children. They learn so much, while having fun. This schoolroom drawing depicts a bit of everything they get to explore.


School Drawing


Schoolbook Drawing

Science Images

Science Images

ape skeleton drawing

Ape Skeleton


Vintage ape skeleton from Brehm’s Life of Animals. 1890 black and white book illustration to show how much the human form matches that of the apes.

human skeleton drawing
Human Skeleton

vintage caiman skeleton from ReusableArt.com
Caiman Skeleton

Sets of Images

Sets of Images

Little Girl & Umbrella Drawing


A little girl examines and umbrella in this vintage drawing.


Sneaking Out Into the Rain


Out in the Rain

Timepieces

Timepieces

carriage clock drawing

Carriage Clock


Vintage black and white carriage drawing from a wonderful book all about time and timepieces.

meridian watch drawing
Meridian Watch

chronograph drawing
Chronograph Drawing

Toy Images

Toy Images

Columbia Bicycle


Small vintage drawing of a penny-farthing or high wheel bicycle.


Bicycle Drawing


Small Toy Top Drawing

Transportation Images

Transportation Images

vintage locomotive drawing

Vintage Locomotive Drawing


Vintage locomotive drawing and advertising image from 1853. Clearly an engraving, this public domain train image would be great as a rubber stamp image.


Bath Chair


Tandem Bike Illustration

Tree Drawings

Tree Drawings

norway spruce pine cones

Norway Spruce Pine Cones


A pair of Norway spruce pine cones on a small branch.

vintage pear tree engraving
Pear Tree Engraving


Apple Tree Drawing

Vintage Maps

Vintage Maps

florida map

Map of Florida


Map of Florida from a 1911 encyclopedia. Not much has changed from today’s map but the population has surely grown.


Vintage Washington Map


Vintage Virginia Map