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Free Vintage Images

Reusable Art has 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

Drop Cap Frame


You can’t get much more vintage than 1651. This floral drop cap frame is over 360 years old. Add any letter in the font of your choice for a custom look.


Letter H Design


Letter N Design

Animal Images

Animal Images

Milk Cow Image


It was over 160 years ago when this vintage milk cow image appeared in a book all about cows. Large public domain illustration, free to download.

vintage white sitting cat drawing
White Sitting Cat


Cat Chorus

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

green leaf endpaper design

Green Leaf Endpaper


A pretty, repeating background image. A page-sized green leaf endpaper image from 1907.

vintage green floral endpaper
Vintage Green Floral Endpaper


Beige, Red & Black Background

Bird Images

Bird Images

Wilson’s Phalarope


Vintage Wilson’s phalarope nest drawing from 1882. Public domain bird drawing featuring a bird and his nest with 4 eggs.


Vintage Rooster Drawing


Kingfisher Engraving

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

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

sunflower drawing

Sunflower Drawing


Vintage sunflower drawing from 1888 with a slight editorial assist by ReusableArt. Beautiful large yellow flower on a green leafy stem.


Bluebell Flowers Drawing


Anemone Flowers

Food Images

Food Images

Brussels Sprouts Drawing


Vintage brussels sprouts drawing. It’s from a magazine from 1867 and in the public domain. B/W drawing of plant with sprouts ready for picking.

vintage strawberry drawing
Strawberry Drawing


Bunch of Grapes

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 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

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

Vintage Bee Engraving


Vintage bee engraving from an advertisement for a beekeeping book. It’s from 1867, so, it’s fully in the public domain.


Red Wasp Drawing


1910 Scorpion

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

Little Dragonfish

Little Dragonfish Drawing


Welcome to Reusable Art! Free Vintage Images Reusable Art has 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 […]


Munster’s Sea Monster


Rosmarus 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

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

vintage turtle skeleton

Vintage Turtle Skeleton


Black and white vintage turtle skeleton drawing from a French natural history encyclopedia. It’s the work of Jean-Charles Chenu and was published in 1856.

pterodactyle skeleton drawing
Pterodactyl Skeleton


Armillary Sphere

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

Fig Tree Drawing


Vintage fig tree drawing from 1867. This black and white, public domain drawing is full of fruit and standing tall.


Simple Tree Drawings


Cedar Tree Drawing

Uncategorized

Uncategorized

Vintage Letter Q Image


Quite the sweet drop cap letter is this one. Vintage letter Q image with a white letter on a black background with leaves, vines and a central flower.

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