Vintage Clip Art & Borders

Vintage Clip Art Graphics Collage
Vintage Clip Art Graphics Collage | Source

Charming antique graphics and retro advertising art

Vintage clip art from old-time photos, greeting cards, sheet music, antique advertising, and other retro paper items adds a warm and nostalgic feeling to crafts and unique hand made gifts.

The old-fashioned clip art, antique photos and public domain art line drawings or silhouettes you find in back issue magazines, old books and pre-1970 cards or posters add homey charm to scrapbooks and crafts.

Bits of printed art and headlines snipped from old posters, handbills, newspaper cuts, magazines and book pages embellish altered books, artist trading cards, paper crafts, gift tags and scrapbook pages with vintage style and visual interest.

Many retro graphics can be enlarged into prints suitable for framing. Decoupage and collage are perfect frugal crafts that make use of vintage images and antique clip art, most of which are in the public domain.

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Public Domain Vintage Summer Birthday Clip ArtVintage Thanksgiving Graphic from old greeting card (1911)
Public Domain Vintage Summer Birthday Clip Art
Public Domain Vintage Summer Birthday Clip Art | Source
Vintage Thanksgiving Graphic from old greeting card (1911)
Vintage Thanksgiving Graphic from old greeting card (1911) | Source

Halloween Vintage Clip Art - Boo! Scaredy Cat and Jack O Lantern Vintage Graphic

Vintage Halloween card black cat and pumpkin public domain image
Vintage Halloween card black cat and pumpkin public domain image | Source

Vintage July 4th Clip Art

Classic vintage july 4 clip art with flag, fireworks and uncle Sam
Classic vintage july 4 clip art with flag, fireworks and uncle Sam | Source

Vintage Clip Art Collections - Everything old is new again - antique graphics are hot

If you need to find many old time images in one place, you can buy a collection of vintage graphics on CD-ROM and print what you need when you want to add retro features to paper crafts.

Some collections are comprehensive, including many different categories such as old holiday card scans, advertising signs and placards, magazine spots, and newspaper cuts.

Other collections of retro art specialize in a specific topic or genre. Depending on your project needs, you may find a topical collection of vintage clip art is just right for the job.

Vintage Patriotic Clip Art and Graphics

Interesting patriotic graphics from years gone by, many from vintage greeting cards, hand bills and public domain photos exists in numerous collections both online and on CD-ROM.

The US Library of Congress is a rich resource for finding military posters, traditional patriotic poster art, and old printed works with a patriotic theme including Uncle Sam, the US flag, war coupons, sheet music, handbills and military regalia.


Vintage Halloween Graphics

Enjoy the charm of old-fashioned Halloween art with this pictorial review of early to mid-20th century post cards and label art.

Old-Time Halloween Illustrations CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
Old-Time Halloween Illustrations CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Fun and creative vintage Halloween graphics on CDROM with reference book

 

Vintage Halloween Clip Art - Happy Halloween graphics, retro clip art

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Witch with childrenVintage Halloween Clip Art card front
Witch with children
Witch with children | Source
Vintage Halloween Clip Art card front
Vintage Halloween Clip Art card front | Source

Vintage Halloween Graphics

Halloween Postcard Book
Halloween Postcard Book

Old Hallowe' en Postcard Art

Vivid imagery and nostalgic colors make up this fine collection of charming Halloween vintage art from post cards from early to mid-20th century.

 

Faces from our past, links to the future

Vintage Photographs

Old photographs have a timeless quality when added to modern designs. They evoke nostalgia and lend charm to scrapbooks, memory books, greeting cards and advertising.

Retro art is always appealing, no matter what the era. If a photo is dates from just before one's date of birth or decades before that, the images of people and places no longer with us opens up our imaginations and hearts.

I just love this formal photograph of my maternal grandmother, Martha Theussert, as a young teenage girl in Germany.

Free Vintage Graphics Caveat

Not all vintage art is in the public domain, and not all retro graphics or photos are "free" except for personal use. Vintage graphics and retro art from collections offered online should not be used without permission unless the copyright owner's terms of use state you can reuse part or all from the collection for a commercial project.


Always be sure to determine the terms of use for text, recordings, graphics or photos you find in books or online. If you use anything created by another person for any purpose it is your responsibility to check terms of use and to respect copyright laws.

Letter A Vintable Alphabet Printable Book Page
Letter A Vintable Alphabet Printable Book Page

Antique Prints Clip Art: Newspapers, Sheet Music, Books and Documents

Out of print books and historic documents provide a wealth of public domain vintage clip art. The tried and true Library of Congress has archives of old documents and sheet music you can print on any paper or add some "age" to the copies before printing using PhotoShop.

Old newspapers and magazines offer plenty of line art that give a flavor of life and culture decades ago. Sheet music is a favorite for paper crafters and card makers, and if you have some talent with PhotoShop you can add an aged feel to your design work with special layers and brushes.

Wikimedia Commons image libraries contain many public domain scanned images you can use for personal or commercial work.

Far Far Hill has a wonderful freebies collection of large size printable vintage papers, music scores, photos and illustrations.

Vintage Fairy Art

Fairy Land Vintage Art by Edward Reginald Frampton (1872-1923)
Fairy Land Vintage Art by Edward Reginald Frampton (1872-1923) | Source

Animal Print Engravings

1300 Real and Fanciful Animals from Seventeenth-Century Engravings (Dover Pictorial Archive)
1300 Real and Fanciful Animals from Seventeenth-Century Engravings (Dover Pictorial Archive)

More than a thousand 17th century vintage clip art animal drawings

 

Arts and Crafts Made with Vintage Images

Create your own "antiques" with these charming craft patterns and DIY techniques for making new things look and feel old, or projects that incorporate vintage images into modern crafts.

The artwork in old labels and advertisements adds a nostalgic, homey charm to home décor and personal accessories. Adding an antique label print to a recycled container is a quick way to make a custom design storage container for any purpose. Try making collages that use old prints or use the decoupage technique on old or new wood, plaster or metal using vintage art glued on and then covered with a protective clear finish.

Vintage Card Crafts

Vintage Image Craft Ideas and Projects

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, greeting cards were the most popular form of holiday communications.

Elaborate Valentines, Easter cards and St. Patrick's Day greetings were popular and inexpensive to purchase and send by mail post.

Christmas cards and post cards were exchanged by mail and by hand to friends, neighbors and family members over the holiday season.

Vintage Holiday Crafts and Free Clip Art offers a sizable collection of free vintage clip art, along with scrapbook papers, printable greeting cards and craft ideas for making old time gifts and decorations with retro image art.

Vintage Image Craft features fun and easy crafts and scrapbook ideas and instructions, using vintage images.

TIns and pretties DIY vintage cans, containers and labels to print and craft with, this site includes a tutorial for using old art to make new home décor and crafts or gifts.

Vintage Christmas Graphics

Old time Christmas graphics have a timeless quality. They appeal to almost everyone with nostalgic images of family life, Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus, snowy scenes and the Yule log.

Vintage Christmas (Dover Pictura Electronic Clip Art)
Vintage Christmas (Dover Pictura Electronic Clip Art)

Charming retro classic Christmas vintage e-clipart

 

Vintage European Santa Claus Art

Old Saint Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, Kris Kringle line art based on vintage graphic
Old Saint Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, Kris Kringle line art based on vintage graphic | Source
Old-Time Travel Posters and Luggage Labels CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
Old-Time Travel Posters and Luggage Labels CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Travel posters and luggage stickers from days gone by, vintage travel clip art on CDROM

 

Antique Labels

Early to mid-20th century products were shipped in wooden crates with colorful labels. Stickers from resorts and train, ship and rail carriers emblazoned vacationers' luggage.

The pictures, layout and colors in old packaging labels were stunning and still impressive today.

Fruit crate labels, seed packets and travel stickers from the early to mid 20th century are popular for home decorating as prints or to use as a basis for collage and decoupage crafts.

School Poster Art Made from Vintage Fruit Crate Label
School Poster Art Made from Vintage Fruit Crate Label | Source

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Sojournstar Media 3 years ago from The TARDIS

what a great collection of resources, thank you so much!


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josietook 3 years ago

Great lens!!


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Fiorenza 3 years ago from UK

This is a great resource, will definitely come back here when needing a vintage style public domain image.


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kingston123 lm 3 years ago

Vintage graphics are one of my favorite graphic.thanks for sharing some good ideas.


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Joyce Mann 4 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

I love vintage art! Especially vintage art that celebrates specific holidays.


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