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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

Initial Letter P


Truly vintage is this 15th Century initial letter P image. It might have been printed or might have been painted but either way it is quite striking.


Initial Letter B


Open Letter H

Animal Images

Animal Images

Lion Face Drawing


Oh how wild, yet somehow human this king of the beasts appears. With a flowing main and a chin full of white whiskers, this lion face drawing is pure drama.


Donkey and Foal

Horseman Drawing by Rosa Bonheur
Horseman

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

Beige, Red & Black Background


Marbled, vintage beige, red and black background image. Originally used as endpaper for a botany book, I think it would make a great wallpaper or frame image.


Purple Marble Wallpaper


Scenic Endpaper

Bird Images

Bird Images

vintage albatross drawing

Albatross Bird Drawing


Vintage albatross bird drawing. This aquatic bird is the largest and strongest of all of the sea birds. Public domain bird drawing from 1911.


Red Hummingbird Image


American Egret

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

Catholic Church Drawing


Vintage Catholic church drawing from 1907. It probably is a church from Hungary but this charming black and white drawing could be from almost anywhere.


Church Drawing to Color


Water Mill

Christmas Images

Christmas Images

Merry Christmas Sled with Holly Leaves & Berries

A Merry Christmas Sled


A vintage Ellen Clapsaddle holiday card featuring a Merry Christmas sled with holly leaves and berries. Decorated with two red bows and a golden frame.


Christmas Poinsettia


Christmas Chrysanthemums

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

Thanksgiving Harvest postcard

Thanksgiving Harvest


Thanksgiving Harvest; a lovely fall landscape painting by Ellen Clapsaddle. A sweet holiday message and serene sunset to convey the quiet beauty of fall.

Best Wishes for Thanksgiving
Best Wishes for Thanksgiving

Hearty Thanksgiving Greetings
Hearty Thanksgiving Greetings

Household Items

Household Items

Square Tool


Vintage square tool drawing used in an 1887 magazine advertisement. Such a simple concept and one most crafters and woodworkers will recognize.


Chandelier Drawing


Fireplace Logs

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

1910 Scorpion


Vintage 1910 scorpion drawing from the Encyclopedia Britannica.


Silverfish


Honeybee Worker Bee

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

Sea Scorpion


He looks a bit like a cartoon villian but this vintage sea scorpion drawing depicts a now extinct species of sea creatures.


Trilobite Drawings


Cute Trilobite

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

Uncategorized

Uncategorized

Ornamental Watch


Vintage ornamental watch drawing from a 1875 book dedicated to historical timepieces. Great Reusable Art piece with lots of options for its use.

Vintage Maps

Vintage Maps

Austria-Hungary Map


Vintage Austria-Hungary map from 1910. The country only existed in this form for around 50 years but it was a major player in World War II.


Vintage Arkansas Map


Map of Arizona