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Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past

Updated on August 4, 2013

Colorful and Eclectic Antique Images for your Scrapbook

I have been collecting old scrapbooks for years. I buy them at estate and public auctions and love looking through them and doing research about the people or events depicted in them. Some of the scrapbooks are just from common-folk but every once in a while, I find one with historical significance or from a famous person.

The common denominators in all of these old scrapbooks are the images and illustrations. I love old color images and these always seem bright and vivid.

The images also have a quality all their own and look vintage. This is great nostalgia for me and many others so I guess my style preference is eclectic.

I have compiled several images from an old scrapbook for you to view and also some resources where you can find your own.

Have fun and please participate and leave comments.

This image is pre -1923 (Public Domain) and is in the collection of the author, tvyps

Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past
Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past
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Searching for that Perfect Scrapbook Image

I grew up as a second generation baby. In other words, if I had been born when my parents were younger, I would be in my 70's today. This being said, my Mother and Father were both raised in an older generation.

Being from an older generation, I love older things. My sister and I were exposed to things that they enjoyed including movies, music, culture and many things of older generations.

This exposure allows me to respect the way things were. I absolutely love older images and culture and it shows in anything I do.

The images in this site have been collected from an old scrapbook that dates to the early part of the 20th Century. These are just some of the images in the scrapbook but I wanted to highlight the best.

Also are several of my recommendations on where to obtain vintage images and the publications and link where you can obtain them. My best recommendation is to just buy old magazines and I have bought many through eBay. These magazines have images that you can find nowhere else.

Thanks for stopping by!

Creative Commons Photo Credit

The Victorian Scrap Gallery: A Collection of over 500 Full-Color Victorian-Era Images - Dee Davis and Gail Cooper

The Victorian Scrap Gallery: A Collection of over 500 Full-Color Victorian-Era Images
The Victorian Scrap Gallery: A Collection of over 500 Full-Color Victorian-Era Images

Don't let the price of this book scare you. If you go to the link, you will find various used copies of this book for a fraction of the new cost.

This is an excellent book that really can't be outdone by others. The images are high quality and there are many in here that can be reproduced. I prefer to use online images myself but these can be scanned and are nowhere else on the internet.

My preference is from the Victorian era through the 1940's but you can take you pick and find just about anything in this publication.

 

Using the Public Doman to Find FREE Images for Scrapbooking

What is a Public Domain Image?

Have you ever wondered why songs like "Amazing Grace" or stories like "Romeo and Juliet" have been re-written and reused so many times without copyright violation?

Many people don't know that any created works, including writing, images, art, music, etc. that obtained copyright prior to 1923 falls in the Public Domain. What exactly is "Public Domain?" Public Domain is a term used to say that those items can be freely used or modified by anyone for any purpose; for profit or not.

Many other types of images and works fall into the Public Domain including Governmental works but the best way to find out is to go to the Creative Commons pages and do searches there. This way, you will find many images that you can freely use.

There are many works that were created 1923 and after that are able to be used but only if the copyright was not renewed. To find out if particular works have copyrights, you need to research each one individually.

For the purpose of using Public Doman images from Creative Commons, I just use the link below which takes you to the search engine for Creative Commons images and works. It is the quickest way.

Use this link to take to the Creative Commons search for Public Domain images and works.

What Image Types do you Prefer?

My preference in scrapbook images are:

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Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past
Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past

Memories of a Lifetime: Lace Images: Artwork for Scrapbooks & Fabric-Transfer Crafts - Andrea Vetten-Marley

Memories of a Lifetime: Lace Images: Artwork for Scrapbooks & Fabric-Transfer Crafts
Memories of a Lifetime: Lace Images: Artwork for Scrapbooks & Fabric-Transfer Crafts

If you love Victorian and fancy lacey type images, this is the book for you. It is much more feminine and artsy than the other books I have seen but has some fabulous designs.

Once again, this is a fantastic book that really is a good source for many of your scrapbooking image needs. Enjoy!

 

1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue

Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past
Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past

Scrapbook Image Poll

What type of images do you use in scrapbooking?

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Old Magazines With More Images for your Scrapbook - Richard F. Clear

Old Magazines (Old Magazines: Identification & Value Guide)
Old Magazines (Old Magazines: Identification & Value Guide)

As I mentioned above, old magazines are my favorite sources for old images.

There are several publications that have images from old magazines and this is one of them. This is a good source for older images and also has some interesting historical and trivia information.

Highly recommended for those that are looking for source material for their scrapbook.

 
Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past
Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past

Old Magazine Advertisements 1890-1950, Identification & Value Guide - Rchard E. Clear

Old Magazine Advertisements 1890-1950, Identification & Value Guide
Old Magazine Advertisements 1890-1950, Identification & Value Guide

Yes, this is an identification and value guide, however, don't let the title fool you.

This is another source that has many magazine covers and these covers on a lot of magazines, have excellent illustrations and images; all from the Public Domain.

These can be used over and over and this is a fantastic resource.

 
Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past
Scrapbooking Using Images From the Past

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Nice lens with lots of good content. You gave me some great ideas. I have added this lens to my blog....have added this to my blog..http://anyonecanscrapbook.com under articles. Also have promoted it at my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/anyonecanscrapbook.Thanks for a great lens. LW= The Sensational Scrapbook Contributor

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I've never really done too much scrapbooking, and when I have it's usually with clip art or photos I already have. Good information about public domain images. I appreciate the research.

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      I have all of my old baby cards waiting to be used in a scrapbook when I have the time to do another one.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Very much. Thank you! SquidAngel blessing headed your way! ;-)