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Happy New Year!

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After an unseasonably warm Christmas, much of America is welcoming the New Year with freezing temperatures. So, why not start the your visit to Reusable Art with a wonderful trade card from 1881 of two young children ice skating?

Now that Christmas is over and you start gathering your family photos together, be sure to visit our vintage images for Christmas to save those memories in your scrapbooks!

It won’t be long before Cupid arrives and thoughts turn to Valentine’s Day. We have Valentine’s Day images and romantic images that might help you convey your feelings to that special someone. Be sure to also check out the flowers, borders and fancy letter images to create your own special Valentine messages.

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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F is for Flowers


Welcome to Reusable Art! Happy New Year! After an unseasonably warm Christmas, much of America is welcoming the New Year with freezing temperatures. So, why not start the your visit to Reusable Art with a wonderful trade card from 1881 of two young children ice skating? Now that Christmas is over and you start gathering […]

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Cursive P

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Illuminated Letter D

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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Drawing a Circle


Vintage black and white drawing of Cupid drawing a circle. So many uses but Valentine’s Day and marriage certainly come to mind.

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Knitting Landscape

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Mending

Backgrounds & Patterns

Backgrounds & Patterns

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Scenic Endpaper


Lovely scenic endpaper that would make a wonderful background image for another project. It is the work of Thomas Fogarty (1873 – 1938), an American artist.

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Floral Endpaper

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Purple Floral 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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Bird on House


Bird on house. Simple concept becomes quite charming with a house built for birds, hung in a tree that’s full of pink flowers. Vintage birdhouse drawing.

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Village Scene

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Vintage Windmill 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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Plumeria Study


Vintage botanical print and plumeria study. Pretty pink and yellow flowers surrounded by shiny, green leaves. Full life-cycle shown for this tropical plant.

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Orange Lilies

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Corallodendron 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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Cherubs with Flowers


Sweet Valentine’s Day image of cherubs with flowers by Kate Greenaway. Two winged cuties are delivering a cornucopia full of colorful flowers to someone; could it be you?

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Skating Cupid

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Stormy Weather

Household Items

Household Items

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Minoan Vase Drawing


Vintage Minoan vase drawing showing the graphic arts of the prehistoric Aegian Civilization.

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Weather Vane Drawing

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Vintage Trunk Drawing

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

Winter Bird Landscape by Kittelsen

Winter Bird Landscape


Orange and black bird in a snowy landscape. Winter bird landscape postcard painted by Norwegian artist Theodor Severin Kittelsen (1857 – 1914).

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Spring Cherries in Normandy

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Doone Valley in Winter

Music Images

Music Images

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Little Flute Player


Charming Ida Waugh drawing of a little flute player from an 1892 children’s book.

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Tuba Drawing

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Charming Minuet

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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Lady with Hat


Lady with hat – a vintage book illustration of a lady in a green dress adding flowers and a bow to her green hat.

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Hay Harvest

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Wheelbarrow Ride

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