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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

Letter H Design


Fancy letter H design, one of a set of print foundry drop cap images.


Letter N Design


The Letter J

Animal Images

Animal Images

White Persian Cat Drawing


Vintage white Persian cat drawing by Harrison Weir (1824-1906). A lovely cat caught in the middle of washing his face from an 1892 book by Weir.


Cat Face


Atheris Burtoni -Viper Drawing

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

vintage green floral endpaper

Vintage Green Floral Endpaper


No matter what sort of paper crafting you do, there’s always a need for patterned paper. This vintage green floral endpaper is well-aged and delicate.


Beige, Red & Black Background


Purple Marble Wallpaper

Bird Images

Bird Images

Killdeer Plover


Vintage killdeer plover nest drawing with a lovely bird and her nest. A distinctive-looking bird with a highly recognizable call.


Evening Song


Golden Eagle Bird Nest

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

Circle Medallion


Circles upon circles surrounded by circles in this circle medallion from 1875. A somewhat simple design but one that looks pretty cool to me.


Leafy Medallion


Floral Charms

Building Images

Building Images

Vintage Barn Drawing


Black and white vintage barn drawing from 1896. Fairly simple image. Barn with cupola and weathervane, farmer’s crops in background.


Catholic Church Drawing


Church Drawing to Color

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

orchid plant drawing

Orchid Plant Drawing


Vintage black and white orchid plant drawing from 1864. Public domain flower image. Sadly no flowers but great for coloring.


Yellow Flowers


Bouquet to Color

Food Images

Food Images

Corn Stalk Drawing


Vintage corn stalk drawing from the late 1800s. It was part of children’s book and now can be part of your own creative projects.


Fig Plant Drawing


Pineapple Plant

Gardening Images

Gardening Images

Topiary Forms


How cool are these vintage topiary forms? These public domain drawings were commissioned by the federal government in 1864.


Garden Cultivator


Shovel Drawing

Holiday Images

Holiday Images

Black Cat Face


Spooky, yet charming black cat face drawing for Halloween. A great piece to add a little feline charm to your holiday projects.

Thanksgiving Dishes, vintage holiday postcard
Thanksgiving Dishes

Welcome Thanksgiving, vintage Clapsaddle postcard
Welcome Thanksgiving

Household Items

Household Items

Vintage Scissors Drawing


Looking for a simple drawing of a pair of scissors? This vintage scissors drawing is in the public domain and features a pair with a bent head.


Square Tool


Chandelier Drawing

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

Red Wasp Drawing


Vintage red wasp drawing from 1911. This black and white bee drawing features a single worker bee.


1910 Scorpion


Silverfish

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

Bassoon Drawing


I love the sound of the bassoon. And hopefully, you’ll love the public domain bassoon drawing I have to share with you. Wonderfully vintage and PD too!


Basset Horn Drawing


Violin 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

Munster’s Sea Monster


Hugely popular work during the 15th and 16th centuries, Cosmographia; contained a number of Sebastian Munster’s sea monsters; including this toothy fellow.


Rosmarus Drawing


Vacca Marina

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

Jack in the Pulpit Drawing


Vintage botanical jack in the pulpit drawing. These fascinating plants have a number of different names for the species identified as Arum maculatum.


Banana Tree


Bamboo Plant

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

Armillary Sphere


Super cool piece of science equipment with this armillary sphere drawing. It is a Ptolemaic version with the Earth in the center.


Amblypoda Skeleton Drawing

vintage abdomen drawing
Abdomen Drawing

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

Bath Chair


A curious conveyance, the bath chair. A quite elegant and comfy early version of the wheelchair perhaps? Or just a 1750’s version of ultimate indulgence?


Tandem Bike Illustration

ladys bike drawing
Lady’s Bike

Tree Drawings

Tree Drawings

Simple Tree Drawings


Simple tree drawings from 1864. Simple black lines on a white background to create a pair of public domain tree drawings for you to enjoy.


Cedar Tree Drawing


Magnolia Print

Vintage Maps

Vintage Maps

Vintage Washington Map


Vintage Washington Map from a 1911 encyclopedia. It has the distinction of being the only state named for a former president.


Vintage Virginia Map


Asia Minor