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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

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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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Waterbuck Drawing


Vintage 1910 waterbuck drawing from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Cape Oryx Drawing

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Kudu Antelope

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

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Sewing Together


Charming drawing of mother and daughter sewing together. Dates back to a 1907 book on Hungarian folklore.

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Basket Parts

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Camera with Tripod

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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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.

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Leafy Medallion

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Floral Charms

Building Images

Building Images

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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.

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Church Drawing to Color

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Water Mill

Christmas Images

Christmas Images

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Christmas Poinsettia


Beautiful and vibrant Christmas poinsettia botanical drawing from 1836. Hand-colored from a vintage botanical magazine.

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Christmas Chrysanthemums

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Round Santa 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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Yellow Flowers


Lovely, vintage and public domain yellow flowers drawing and watercolor painting. Sweet yellow flowers, leaves and even a cute little frog here to enjoy.

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Bouquet to Color

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Christmas Poinsettia

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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The First Thanksgiving


Beautiful historic painting by the American painter Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863 – 1930) of The First Thanksgiving in Plymouth in 1621.

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Thanksgiving Day

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Easter Greetings

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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1910 Scorpion


Vintage 1910 scorpion drawing from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Silverfish

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Honeybee Worker Bee

Landscape Images

Landscape Images

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Sunset Over Water


Sweet little, vintage drawing of a sunset over water with seagulls and a sailboat.

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Small Mountain Landscape

Winter Bird Landscape by Kittelsen
Winter Bird Landscape

Music Images

Music Images

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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!

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Basset Horn Drawing

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Violin 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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Cute Trilobite


For a fossil, I think this is one cute trilobite drawing. To me, I think he looks a bit like a smiling monster with a pari of little eyes and a big smile.

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Sea Fan

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Horseshoe Crab

People

People

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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.

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Sleds & Skates

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Sailor Boy

Plant Drawings

Plant Drawings

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Banana Tree


Black and white vintage banana tree drawing from 1910. Public domain encyclopedia plant image just waiting for your creativity.

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Bamboo Plant

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Amanita Mushroom Drawing

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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Armillary Sphere


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

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Amblypoda Skeleton Drawing

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Abdomen 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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Chronograph Drawing


Vintage chronograph drawing from an 1875 book about time and timepieces.

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Vintage Timepiece

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Pocket Watch 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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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?

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Tandem Bike Illustration

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Lady’s Bike

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

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Uncategorized

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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

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Vintage Belgium Map


Wonderfully vintage Belgium map that also shows Luxembourg, the German Empire, Holland and France. So much has changed since this was published in 1910.

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Vintage Australian Map

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Asia Map