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Updated on June 15, 2015
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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      Angela Hobbs 4 years ago from The TARDIS

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

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      josietook 4 years ago

      Great lens!!

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      Fiorenza 4 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 4 years ago

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

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      Joyce T. Mann 4 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

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

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      Sunday-Vintage 4 years ago

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this lens! Tons of great links and info!

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      Lareene 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love most things vintage. This is an incredible lens learned a lot.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      You have a great collection of Vintage Clip Art & Borders. I really enjoyed this. Keep up the good work.

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      webhostingrevie 4 years ago

      I love everything vintage.

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      margarida-lp-7 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for share all these links they are very valuable.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      wonderful collection of links

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      @Cabmgmnt LM: Vintage graphics are my most favorite. I collect old advertising art and signs.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      @justmelucy: Thank your for the visit, the kind comments, and the feature on your lens. Enjoy!

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      Thankfultw 5 years ago

      I use vintage graphics from greeting cards, postcards, and a lot of companies that have angel policies. This lense is soooooo much information. Thanks I will be coming back and back

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Wow! Your lens is an inspiration. Perhaps one day I will create a lens as great as this one. Meanwhile, I'll be returning again and again for the free graphics. I use them in my journaling and altered books. I just did my 4th lens on The Journey of Journaling and your link was featured on the side bar. So glad I found you.

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      Corey 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love these old images. They are so inspiring and beautifully rendered, thanks!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Great collection!

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      simpsonia 5 years ago

      Lovely lens with great resources. Well done!

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Thanks for the resources and for taking the time to put the Lens together.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I absolutely adore vintage graphics and am so glad I found this lens! It's a keeper!! Thanks for all your hard work in creating it - it is wonderful!

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      Dimplefree 5 years ago

      Great stuff, bookmarked, thanks.

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      great stuff here

      been looking for this

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      These are so beautiful! Thank you very much for a wonderful lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I love vintage graphics. It's interesting comparing advertisements nowadays to those when I grew up and even to centuries earlier. You really get to see the evolution of technology and social norms.

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      Alex1138 5 years ago

      wonderful lens. It really sets the bar!

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Very helpful lens. Thank you!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I used to sell beautifu decorator vintage oil paintings with the gorgeous old vintage look ornate frames. This made me miss that business. Nice lens. Thank you.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Boy, I wish I were more creative. However, I just seem to collect "stuff" and keep looking for ideas! I really enjoyed this lens with all its possibilities.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very nice collection i really like it all photos

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      RobinDM 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! This is just a wonderful resource!

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 6 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      I kept trying to link my site to the above, but it kept saying that my link was invalid. I design and give away vintage graphics, buttons, avatars, and banners great for Etsy shops or the like. Free website graphics. http://IraMencyDesigns.blogspot.com or Http://www.IraMencyDesigns.com

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I love vintage graphics and hope to use them in my lenses and also in some Christmas cards for next year. How fun to have so many links to vintage clip art and retro graphics here. I love to look at vintage images! Thanks for sharing these.

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      NorDac LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens, squid angel blessed

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Now I have realized that I AM VINTAGE too. All these pictures are what I saw in my childhood. Nice lens..

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      MorningShine 6 years ago

      Love this lens. Thank you.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      very nice lens with neat vintage art, love it...:)rob

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I found exactly what I needed here (vintage Christmas graphics). Many thanks! *Blessed*

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      backdropexpress 6 years ago

      I love vintage arts the most! Nice lens!

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      backdropexpress 6 years ago

      I love vintage arts the most! Nice lens!

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      Grandad52 6 years ago

      This is one of those sites I could spend hours browsing. Very nice.

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      glad I browsed upon your lens this morning, 'thumbs up' for ya.

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      BasantSoni 6 years ago

      Greatly impressed & pleased with ur creative work on Vintage Clip art & so many amazing related art work.. i generate "Eco Friendly Organic Art (Collages)" from ingredients of our Mother Earth on Canvas of Bark of palm tree.No colors/artificial materials.

      Things that discarded by nature to perish in time is my starting point to convert in to art which remains for longer Thus these Collages be called "IMMORTALS"

      Further.. in my words...these are:-

      Novel,Innovative,Creative. & Inspiring to every one.

      How u like this idea of creation from waste...??.. .Regards ..Basant

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      BMMOfficeCleaning 6 years ago

      Georgeous vintage art, I love all the detail and colour.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

      I also love Vintage graphics. I have made a few things but after a while it just gets to be to much in the house and then everyone starts jumping on me because there is to much and the dusting is harder. LOL

      I know where to come for any graphics or clip art though.

      Very nice lens with tons of info.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      These remind me of my grandmother ... she always saved vintage postcards, advertisements, etc. They're wonderful for creating one-of-a-kind cards and gift tags.

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      SlipAwayDesigns 6 years ago

      is it just me or does 'vintage' just tend to mean 'better'?

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love vintage clip art and graphics. Great lens with so many wonderful resources!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love anything vintage. These clip arts are what I like.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      Wonderful lens. I use a lot of Vintage Clipart and Images as illustrations in my books. I try to source public domain images and often visit Gutenberg.org to download entire books, which illustrations fall within the public domain. Thank you for sharing.

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      PhotoshopWarrior 6 years ago

      Nice clip arts, thanks for the lens

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      pacevedo1968 6 years ago

      Hi, i like your Lens, im a big fan of vintage fation, please visit my lens

      http://www.squidoo.com/online-vintage-shops

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love this Lens, am a big fan of Vintage clip art!

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      cadpad 6 years ago

      My mom loves this sort of thing. She collects old soap ads and frames them. Now that she is learning to use a computer I have shown her this lens and it has become her favorite.

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Excellent lens!

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      well done love the vintage stuff!!

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      I love the vintage stuff, it was so uncomplicated.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Nice lens! :)

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      A resource jam-packed lens. Blessed and featured at Squid Angel of Digital Art

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 6 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      I think it ate my comment. I wanted to say I love this lens, you are amazing to have created so many, but this is my fave as I have vintage blogs and this will help me find some cool vintage graphics :)

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 6 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      LOVE this lens especially since I have so many vintage blogs I run it's always nice to know where I could find some vintage graphics: ) ty so much

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      Gripandflip 6 years ago

      Vintage graphics are awesome. Great lens.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely designs. thanks for the useful links. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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      DannyLondon 6 years ago

      Vintage is so in this season great lens.

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      DannyLondon 6 years ago

      Vintage is so in this season great lens.

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      RetroCollage 6 years ago

      Yes, I use a lot of vintage graphics in my Art of RetroCollage. You can view it at my lens or my blog at http://blog.RetroCollage.com

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      ravi551854 6 years ago

      nice vintage designs

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for the designs!

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Very nice lens... love the old style graphics!

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      CeruttiTesi 6 years ago

      Thank you for such a gorgeous lens!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      WOW! You really have great resource lens for Vintage Graphics.

      Thanks so much I

      ll lensroll, 5 star and Bless you effort.

      Merry Christmas

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      Springbok LM 6 years ago

      Great Squidoo keep up the good work!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Ha! Even vintage space outfits

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      A great resource for vintage art and graphics. Thanks!

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      ojolie 7 years ago

      Here are some vintage-ish artistic animated Halloween ecards!

      http://www.ojolie.com/ecards_halloween.php

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 7 years ago

      Thank you for the wonderfull information and pictures to go with it. Informative and an awesome read!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lot of information , requires time to patiently go through all the material. Thumbs up and favorited.

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      huge amount of research here Delia. Amazing and well done.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      With my interest in all things vintage I will be visiting your sites often.

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      Forwarding on to my husband. He will love it!

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      Gift-Guide 7 years ago

      I love downloading vintage clipart, so thanks for links.

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      smither07 7 years ago

      very very very nice! :) if it only has a like button, i will definitely like it! =)

      Buying and Selling Garden Antiques

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      flixgp 7 years ago

      Excellent collection of links.. thanks

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Lovely collection of resources. Thanks for gathering it all together. Blessed by a collage-loving Squid Angel :-)

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Great resource lens!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      5*....love all the vintage photos and cards, especially your grandmother Martha Theussert from Germany....I just finished a lens "my life in a suitecase" featuring many old photographs from Germany..will lenroll this lens to mine.

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      writernewbie 7 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I love all things vintage and antique, so I really enjoyed all of the beautiful photos featured on this page. I see why you have so many lenses in the top rankings...you certainly do a wonderful job with easy-to-read content, and page layout. Thank you for this lens! ;)

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      vickysplace1 7 years ago

      I have a heart for antique and vintage clip art. I send people art clips when I respond to social networks. I bought three CD's full of antique and vintage clips from a personal collector. On my blog I advertise free art clips from Graphic Fairy. http://vickysplace1.blogspot.com. You gave me courage to write a related lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      So many great art and graphic lenses I don't know where to begin! 5* Thanks.

      Cheers,

      Debra

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! I love the vintage theme of just about anything. There are so many wonderful things here. Great Job!! Have you seen Victorian Halloween?

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Vintage Clip Art is my favorite.

      Are these all site where the pictures are in Creative Commons or Public Domain so that they can be used on lenses?

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      This is great - favoriting it for future holiday use!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Love your lens.

      Thanks for putting all this together for us to enjoy.

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Thank-you for all the work putting this together. We'll be back we made you a favorite.

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      LeftHandMan 8 years ago

      There is a certain romantic quality to those days that characterize times as we would like to remember them. Very good site.

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Love these vintage images, many thanks for all of the links. 5* lens.

      Mike.

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      Fulltimers602 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for a wonderful lens! I grabbed a bunny to make an Easter card for my hubby. One of my hobbies is reading newspapers from the 1880s and I love the graphics of that time period, too.

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      gemgh 8 years ago

      Beautiful! I love the vintage items and you have captured them beautifully.

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      Signhappy 9 years ago

      What a great resource. Thanks for all the info. I love this type of art.

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      MrsZ LM 9 years ago

      I love vintage art! What a lovely collection. Great lens! 5*s