1 Million FREE Vintage Images (No Copyright Free) @ The British Library
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1 Million FREE Vintage Images (No Copyright Free) @ The British Library

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Edited by:"antdav"Found 6th Aug
Need some vintage visual inspiration – or a real antique elements for an illustration, design or motion project?

Then check out the British Library's collection of over a million copyright-free images that essentially you can do whatever you like with.

The British Library's collection of images on Flickr are taken from books it has its collection from the 17th, 18th and 19th Century – so well out of copyright – and are vaguely arranged by theme: such as book covers, cycling, illustrated lettering, comic art, ships or children's book illustration. There's also a collection of 'Highlights' that's a good place to start if you just want a general browse.

That there's any sense of order to the collection is a testament to the volunteers who have catalogued images posted to Flickr by the library's Mechanical Curator – a bot that randomly picks and posts images from the all of the books the library has digitised since 2013.

Both photos and illustrations are included, though unfortunately many of their creators aren't credited – merely the authors of the books they appear in.

Top comments

If this guy was still alive, no doubt he'd be buying lots of gadgets and carp from hukd! We all need that Wilko's sun lounger with ipod stand and action camera mounted on gorillapod resting on table from Argos

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Edited by: "dewonderful" 7th Aug
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Love this, thanks. It will come in use for my artwork

iliketodeal20 m ago

Love this, thanks. It will come in use for my artwork

Nice six pack!

thanks - saved that to have a good look through later.

If this guy was still alive, no doubt he'd be buying lots of gadgets and carp from hukd! We all need that Wilko's sun lounger with ipod stand and action camera mounted on gorillapod resting on table from Argos

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Edited by: "dewonderful" 7th Aug

dewonderful19 m ago

If this guy was still alive, no doubt he'd be buying lots of gadgets and …If this guy was still alive, no doubt he'd be buying lots of gadgets and carp from hukd! We all need that Wilko's sun longer with ipod stand and action camera mounted on gorillapod resting on table from Argos [Image]

Where can I get a sun longer from??? Could it replace my sun lounger

Thanks I'll check this out . Heat

Very interesting, thanks x

dewonderful13 h, 2 m ago

If this guy was still alive, no doubt he'd be buying lots of gadgets and …If this guy was still alive, no doubt he'd be buying lots of gadgets and carp from hukd! We all need that Wilko's sun lounger with ipod stand and action camera mounted on gorillapod resting on table from Argos [Image]


And will the carp fit in my fish tank? :P

looks right up my street

excellent!

from title: "No copyright free"

I think you meant either "No copyright fee", or maybe "Copyright free". But somehow the two got muddled.

paulockenden1 h, 59 m ago

from title: "No copyright free"I think you meant either "No copyright …from title: "No copyright free"I think you meant either "No copyright fee", or maybe "Copyright free". But somehow the two got muddled.



Missing a few ascii codes "No copyright - free!"

Uncanny!
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Edited by: "Number6" 7th Aug

I see picking on students was nothing new ...........
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How to search within a particular album?

Searching for a picture results in hits for the whole of Flickr, not just for the British Library.

Awesome!

Saved for later cheers !

DingoDirk10 h, 10 m ago

How to search within a particular album? Searching for a picture results …How to search within a particular album? Searching for a picture results in hits for the whole of Flickr, not just for the British Library.



If you click on a particular picture (eg childrens books) then click on a picture you like (from a book) underneath the picture are options to download the whole book as a pdf, or see all the illustrations from the book and other options.
The pdfs are quite good quailty but you can also order a high quality copy (but not free)

It's an amazing collection. Thanks OP
Edited by: "jasee" 8th Aug

Ikeo126th Aug

Nice six pack!


"You know, I don't wanna sound like a queer or nothin', but I think you've got a really nice ass!"


For those wondering what the hell I am talking about, look for the movie Orgazmo.

Great find

Banned

Great deal   Thanks OP 👌
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