Alphabet Images

Authors and publishers of 100 years ago (or more) were just as fascinated with letter forms and alphabets as we are. There were entire books dedicated to how letters were printed, formed and used. Many wrote of the way the forms changed through the years.

This section of Reusable Art includes a number of alphabet images, sets of illuminated letters, drop caps and other fancy lettering. Depending upon the period in which they were used, some letters may be missing as they weren’t in use yet. Use them as they appeared when originally published or separate out individual letters. They’re all in the public domain, so the sky’s the limit as to what you can do with them.

Albrecht Dürer Alphabet

Vintage fancy letter set from the 1500s. This Albrecht Dürer Alphabet includes the letters of the alphabet commonly used at that time in history.