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Vintage Advertisements Free Digital Collage Sheets

Updated on February 26, 2013

Free printable collage sheets, amazing public domain ads from 1898-1908

For years I've hoarded a collection of women's magazines dated 1898-1908, intending on using them in collage. I can't bear to cut up these amazing historical papers and I've been feeling selfish for keeping them to myself. With the popularity of digital collage sheets - scans of ephemera that anyone can print from their own computer - it finally occurred to me that I can share this wealth with other collage and mixed media artists. So I set about scanning in page after paper of these beautiful Victorian magazines, all at 600dpi for the highest quality images. (Well actually, they're Edwardian, if you want to get technical.)

This is the first of what I hope will be many pages I set up; I'm starting with ten sheets of just the lovely advertisements; mostly from the back of the magazine, I've cut-and-paste to create full pages of ads but otherwise left the pages more or less just as I found them, so that you can do with them as you please. I hope you enjoy these, there are so many beautiful illustrations and the lettering is often wonderful as well!

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How to use these sheets

Click on any of the collage sheet images below, which will take you to the LARGE versions hosted on my server. These are high quality 600dpi scans; depending on your needs and your computer/printer, you may be able to print them directly from your browser. Otherwise, just right-click to download them to your computer as you would any other collage sheet.

Vintage Ads - Cherry Pectoral, Ivory Soap, Piso's Cure, Crescent Carpets - Beautiful vintage borders and typography, lots of possibilities to use in digital col

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Vintage Ads for home needlework, Royal baking powder, obesity pills, and face bleach - Four vintage women - two are photographs and two art line art - and a coo

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Full Page Vintage Ad for Mrs. Pinkham's Wonderful Compound "Ideal Grandmothers" - Fun line art drawing of a sweet Victorian old lady sitting in her chair readin

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

More advertising images like this available on CD

Vintage Commercial Art and Design (Dover Pictorial Archive)
Vintage Commercial Art and Design (Dover Pictorial Archive)

All these line drawings are perfect for collage, but you can make them your own by coloring the images in. Prismacolors are the best colored pencils I've ever used, and are such fun for adding color to these old black and white images. Try it on the collage sheet printed with their naturally aged background - or print the sheets in greyscale if you'd prefer a purer background to work with.

 

Vintage Ads for Corsets, Pianos, Autoharp, Silk, Curling Iron, and much more - Loads of cool old typography and awesome images including a woman modeling a cors

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Free Digital Collage Sheet - Printable Vintage Ephemera - click on the image to go to the full sized collage sheet

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Vintage Women's Fashion Ads - click on the image to go to the full sized collage sheet

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Fabulous Steampunk Ads! Free Collage Sheet with ads for a teapot, pocketwatch, shoes, and more - click on the image to go to the full sized collage sheet

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Free Collage Sheet To Print Vintage Ads for Seeds and Wallpaper - click on the image to go to the full sized collage sheet

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Vintage Advertisements for Game Boards, Home Photography Lessons, Bicycles, Stammering Cures, and more - click on the image to go to the full sized collage shee

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Vintage Ads - Dressform, Castle, Washboard, Victorian Lady, Monkey with an Umbrella, Piano, Hair Remover, and much more - click on the image to go to the full s

Vintage Ads Collage Sheet
Vintage Ads Collage Sheet

Buy a Clipart Book of Vintage Advertisements

Vintage Advertisements 1840-1916 [Illustrated]
Vintage Advertisements 1840-1916 [Illustrated]

Vintage Advertisements 1840-1916 [Illustrated] is a compilation of newspaper and other print media advertisements for everything from soap and other consumer products to theatrical performances to political campaigns. This is an essential collection of examples of late 19th century, early 20th century Americana art and style. Some sources include the Philadelphia Evening Ledger and the Scranton Tribune.

 

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Please let me know what you think! I'd love to hear any suggestions you might have, where you heard about this page, or what you plan to do with these images. If you've used them in your artwork, I'd love to see - and I'll even feature it on this page if you like.

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    • LizMac60 profile image

      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wonderful, evocative old pages.

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      LadyLovelace LM 6 years ago

      You are a lovely, wonderful person for sharing these, and I am going to squish you, okay?

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      Kate Smith 6 years ago from Ashburn, VA

      Wow aren't you just sensational! Thank goodness for digital technology. We can keep our prized papers and share them at the same time--yahoo! I can't wait to add some of these neat images into my journal.

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      beckyf 6 years ago

      Very interesting ephemera! And thank you for featuring my free collage sheets lens. :)

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Cool resources thanks for sharing!! The fashion ads are the most beautiful, with all those crazy hats!

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      BetsiGoutal1 6 years ago

      @mythphile: Glad you like them! And yeah - Madame Ruppert's FACE BLEACH?!?! wth.... :D 100 years from now they'll probably think the same thing of some of the beauty products on the market now though. History's funny like that.

      And sure, feel free to link to this or any of my other free collage sheets. :)

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      Loren Gross 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Those pages are pretty cool. The Squidoo link at the top/bottom of each page is a great idea too.

      Just think, in the not so far off future, people will look back on us and laugh too.

      This is a great lens...

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Those vintage ads are interesting.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @javr: Returned to bless this lens.

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      italyz02 6 years ago

      love that you are willing to share...have you thought about vintage music pages etc...?

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      Luminosity LM 6 years ago

      This work has to be helping keep on going zooommm.

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      RetroCollage 6 years ago

      Great vintage ads! I use that material for my own work at http://blog.RetroCollage.com.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thanks, thanks and more thanks for this great free resource. I've emailed the link to my list of altered book artists.

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      pacevedo1968 5 years ago

      good stories can be read in old newspapers. reviewing pages of vintage to supplement my page

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi !

      I'm apanese...

      May I sell it making the thing using this material?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fascinating! I've enjoyed this Lens!

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      gregoryolney lm 5 years ago

      What an excellent idea ! I've done a similar thing with old postcards.

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      AndyAlBrown 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for all the images..they are getting my brain clicking with ideas..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ty so much

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you!!!

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      spiritualll 5 years ago

      HI!

      I saw your lenses now!

      They are nice!

      I was thinking to show them to others. I hope you keep creating them.

      I didn't hesitate to squidlike some of them!

      GOOD LUCK ON SQUIDOO

      May you earn much Money $$$!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love the collage sheets - I love vintage ads, these are wonderful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks - I found your blog from Squidoo, and here I am back again. Lovely of you to share!

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      gengonow 5 years ago

      Thank you! So many projects to be made from this!

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      gengonow 5 years ago

      Thank you! So many projects to be made from this!

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      These are wonderful, thank you so much for sharing them in this way. I have already used images from your steampunk images lens. I shaall be looking at other lenses soon

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These are really great, thanks for sharing, I was reading some of the ads and it is amusing to see Taylor made suits for $5 dollars, I wish those prices still existed today. LOL

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      bjslapidary 4 years ago

      Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      bjslapidary 4 years ago

      Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      curious0927 4 years ago

      Thank you, I love Vintage and I love Free Public Domain. Thanks for a great set of goodies! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, thanks for offering these collage sheets. The vintage ads and graphics are so cool. Yippy!

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      Dimplefree 4 years ago

      I just love vintage ads

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for spending the time to scan and upload these wonderful images...appreciate your efforts enormously!

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      bagelmanmarc 4 years ago

      Totally dig unique ideas like this! Great stuff.

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      DMVAgent 4 years ago

      so adorable lens, very cool ideas.. thanks for sharing this, i like it :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      amazing vintage newspaper content. thanks a million.

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      ababe-singh 4 years ago

      amazing,excellent and awesome three words i can say for this lens i also own a page where your audience can find free advertisment http://pdposter.weebly.com/performing-arts.html and here http://pdposter.weebly.com/wpa-poster.html

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've been looking for such reference for a while. Great thanks!

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      microbio 4 years ago

      Reaaaally cool lens for vintage lovers like me, thank you for putting this together :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very cool stuff! Thanks!

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      EmmaCooper LM 4 years ago

      Lovely lens :) Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      FancyThatUK 4 years ago

      Wow these are awesome! You have quite a collection, I could'nt cut them either!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      This is so exciting! Thank you so much for this! :)

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      Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

      Beautiful old ads they really did a lot of work on the graphic details in those days. I love to look at the images and read about some of the crazy products they would try to sell, Many of them are illegal now.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      greaaaaaaaaaaat!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thank you so much!!!

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      CornellMarCom LM 3 years ago

      Really interesting. Thanks

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      Cheri 2 years ago

      I'd like to print some of the free sheets out on fabric paper to use in my fabric lace memory books...but I right click and there is no option to download them. Can you tell me another way?

      Cheri

      www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

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      Diane 8 months ago

      Thank you so much for the very interesting vintage ads. I really love that time period. It seems as though the Edwardians and Victorians could advertise and sell the most unusual products and medicinals!

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