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Fun in the Sun…

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. It would be a great time to get your craft on and spend time with the kids too. You might have your own images of a day at the beach to save or perhaps are making new memories now. Either way, I hope you enjoy your time together. Don’t forget the sunscreen, glue sticks and your favorite vintage images website – ReusableArt.com.

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. As these images are out of copyright and now in the public domain, 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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Y with Vines


Vintage letter Y almost overgrown with vines and leaves. Dates back to at least 1878 which puts it firmly in the public domain.

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W with Vines

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U with Vines

Animal Images

Animal Images

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Drawing of Rats


Vintage drawing of rats by Charles Livingston Bull (1874 – 1932). Black and white, pen and ink style drawing in the public domain.

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Deer and Fawn

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Small Tortoise Drawing

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

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Knitting Landscape


Lovely book illustration of a woman knitting. Landscape of Normandy surrounds her as she works on her knitting. Full color work by Nico Jungman (1872-1935).

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Mending

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Hands Drawing Study

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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American Egret


Vintage drawing of a large white bird that the naturalists once called the American egret. Sadly, its lovely tail feathers may have been its downfall.

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White Heron

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Bald Eagle Drawing

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

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Orange Flower Border


Simple, repeating orange flower border from the talented flower artist and author Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944).


Very Vintage Page Frame

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Kiwi Birds Border

Building Images

Building Images

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Vintage Windmill Drawing


Very vintage windmill drawing from 1778. It is a woodcut from a book of riddles. The setting of the windmill is a little odd but that just adds interest.

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Farm House Drawing

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Bruce Castle

Christmas Images

Christmas Images

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Asleep on the Hay


Beautiful vintage Christmas engraving of Jesus asleep on the hay as shepherds come to adore their Lord.

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Christmas Engraving

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Holy Nativity by Pierre

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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Small Red Poppy


This small red poppy drawing actually dates all the way back to 1492. It was included in an illuminated manuscript. Pretty red, orange and black petals with leaves.

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Orange Lily Drawing

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Painted Pink Flower

Food Images

Food Images

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Cabbages


Vintage cabbages drawing from an 1890 seed catalog by Peter Henderson & Co. Tested Seeds, featuring several rows of cabbages and a large cabbage head.

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Beans Drawing

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Wax Beans Drawing

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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Cupid With Birds and Rings


Cupid with Birds and Rings; my name for a vintage illustration that includes a Cupid-like child on a branch with a trio of birds and a pair of wedding rings.

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Sad Valentine

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Merry Halloween Boy

Household Items

Household Items

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Weather Vane Drawing


Weather vane drawing with a chicken and roosting birds.

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Vintage Trunk Drawing

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Quiver of Arrows & Bow

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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Spring Cherries in Normandy


Spring Cherries in Normandy, a French landscape painting by Nico Jungman.

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Doone Valley in Winter

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Japanese Landscape Painting

Music Images

Music Images

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Tuba Drawing


Early tuba drawing from 1844. The tuba had only been invented several years before and it is no wonder this tuba looks so different from the ones used today.

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Charming Minuet

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Bruce’s Harpers

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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Picking Blackberries


Charming vintage drawing of a little girl caught picking blackberries and using her hat as a basket. Great coloring image in the public domain.

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Floating Among Lilies

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Lady with Flowers

Plant Drawings

Plant Drawings

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Tobacco Plant Drawing


Public domain tobacco plant drawing from 1779. This hand-painted engraving depicts the tobacco plant in flower.

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Tea Plant Drawing

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White Berries 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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Human Skeleton Drawing


Vintage human skeleton drawing from 1898 with a bit of sass. The head is turned and one of the hands is facing outward.

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Cat Skeleton Drawing

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Turtle Skeleton

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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Birch Tree Landscape Drawing


Vintage book plate of a birch tree growing in a mountainous landscape.

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Birch Tree Leaves

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Vintage Tree Print