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April is ‘Around the House Month’!

around-the-houseA great find of an architectural and builders magazine inspired this month’s feature. Around the House Month is a month full of great vintage illustrations of homes, cottages, furnishings and all things related to home and houses. There’s even a new birdhouse illustration in the mix.

Each Tuesday and Thursday in April, there will be a new house image for you to enjoy. Throughout the rest of the month, there will be other great public domain illustrations and vintage images too.

Most of the illustrations are black and white but many of them are large-sized and would make great coloring images too.

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

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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.

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Initial Letter B

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Open Letter H

Animal Images

Animal Images

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Grey Elephant Drawing


Lovely and very vintage grey elephant drawing. He looks a bit friendly and almost flirty to me. Free download from ReusableArt.com.

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Lion Watercolor

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Sheep Drawing

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

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Camera with Tripod


Vintage camera drawing from 1887. This advertising image of a camera with tripod brings back fun family memories of trying to capture those special moments.

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Drawing a Circle

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Knitting Landscape

Backgrounds & Patterns

Backgrounds & Patterns

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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.

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Purple Marble Wallpaper

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Scenic Endpaper

Bird Images

Bird Images

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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.

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Red Hummingbird Image

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American Egret

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

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Leafy Border


Green and somewhat simple leafy border image. Could be used alone or with one of the other many illustrations by Ida Waugh you can find on ReusableArt.com

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Orange Flower Border

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Very Vintage Page Frame

Building Images

Building Images

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River House


Vintage river house drawing from a magazine edition dedicated to all things home-related. Vintage 1887 residence that anyone would be proud to call home.

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Home Drawing

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Neighborhood Home Drawing

Christmas Images

Christmas Images

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Round Santa Drawing


Round Santa drawing from an 1894 children’s book published by F. Warne & Co. Full-color illustration of St. Nick with a garland of holly berries.

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Christmas Angel

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Christmas Wreath Drawing

Clothing & Apparel

Clothing & Apparel

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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.

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Crown Drawing

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Four Lovely Ladies

Fishing Images

Fishing Images

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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.

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Friends Fishing

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Creel, Net & Fish

Flower Images

Flower Images

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Cattleya Labiata Drawing


Unusually colored Cattleya Labiata Drawing with pinky-peach flowers from 1893. Flowers of this species are generally lilac but this flower is even prettier.

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Coelogyne Pandurata Drawing

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Dendrobium Brymerianum Drawing

Food Images

Food Images

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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.

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Fig Plant Drawing

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Pineapple Plant

Gardening Images

Gardening Images

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Garden Cultivator


Vintage seed catalog image of a single-wheeled garden cultivator for sale. Over 120 years later and the tools we use today don’t look all that different.

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Shovel Drawing

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Tending the Garden

Holiday Images

Holiday Images

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Easter Greetings


Wish friends and loved ones blessed Easter Greetings with this rescued illustration from an early 1900s Ellen Clapsaddle post card.

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Cherubs with Flowers

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Skating Cupid

Household Items

Household Items

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Square Tool


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

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Chandelier Drawing

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Fireplace Logs

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

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Honey Bees and Flowers


Vintage drawing of a trio of honey bees and flowers. White and red blooms on a cherry tree branch has attracted the bees. Piece by Olive A. Whitney.

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Honey Bee & Cherry Blossoms

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Drone Bee Drawing

Landscape Images

Landscape Images

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Small Mountain Landscape


A place of quiet solitude is on display in this small mountain landscape drawing from 1857. Black and white engraving from Germany.

Winter Bird Landscape by Kittelsen
Winter Bird Landscape

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Spring Cherries in Normandy

Music Images

Music Images

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Violin Drawing


Vintage, black and white violin drawing from an 1887 advertisement.

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Little Flute Player

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Tuba Drawing

Mythology Images

Mythology Images

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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.

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Satyr Drawing

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Pandora Releases Trouble

Nautical & Sealife Images

Nautical & Sealife Images

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Marsh Snail Shell


Vintage drawing of a marsh snail shell from the Isle of Wight, off the coast of England. Black and white drawing dates back to 1848.

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Starfish Drawing

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Ramshorn Snail Illustration

People

People

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Sailor Boy


Charming vintage drawing of a sailor boy, his toy boat and a tub full of water. Does he dream of grand adventures or racing his boat with his friends?

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Boy Feeding Chickens

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Lady with Hat

Plant Drawings

Plant Drawings

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Amanita Mushroom Drawing


Vintage amanita mushroom drawing from 1911 showing the growth cycle of the mushroom and all of its parts.

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Water Plantain

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Agave Plant

School Images

School Images

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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.

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School Drawing

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Schoolbook Drawing

Science Images

Science Images

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Amblypoda Skeleton Drawing


Vintage 1911 amblypoda skeleton drawing. The amblypoda was a mammal that lived during the Eocene Period.

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Abdomen Drawing

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Human Skeleton Drawing

Sets of Images

Sets of Images

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Little Girl & Umbrella Drawing


A little girl examines and umbrella in this vintage drawing.

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Sneaking Out Into the Rain

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Out in the Rain

Timepieces

Timepieces

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Pocket Watch Drawing


1878 era pocket watch advertising image.

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Brass Clock Drawing

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Wall Clock Drawing

Toy Images

Toy Images

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Columbia Bicycle


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

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Bicycle Drawing

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Small Toy Top Drawing

Transportation Images

Transportation Images

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Elevated Train Drawing


Wonderful elevated train drawing depicting life and the new transportation system in New York.

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Low Tide at Granville Harbor

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Romantic Outing

Tree Drawings

Tree Drawings

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Cedar Tree Drawing


Cedar trees are among my favorites. They’re so green and the branches draped with needles. This cedar tree drawing dates all the way back to 1750.

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Magnolia Print

Acacia Senegal Tree Branch Drawing
Acacia Senegal Drawing

Vintage Maps

Vintage Maps

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Vintage Map of the Alps


1911 encyclopedia vintage map of the Alps. They are the most important physical feature of the European continent.

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1858 Map of North America

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Algeria and Tunisia Map