Monday, July 21, 2008

New Addition to Flickr Commons

The latest addition to this great collection of public domain photographs is images from the George Eastman House collection. There are some great images here - colour and black and white.

The portrait shown here is by Silberstein, circa 1915, and titled Woman's Face.

Thanks to Boing Boing for pointing out this great resource.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Vintage Photos from the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian has a great Flickr photostream of vintage (and some modern) photos. This one of Felix Nadar, Photographer and Aeronautical Scientist looked very steampunk.

The best part? The photos are listed as having "No known copyright restrictions" which means they are in the public domain!

More info about that here

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Clip Art Project

One of my obsessions is old magazines. They are such a great way to take a look at what life was like at a specific period in time. I think the ads tell as much as anything else.

I have several issues of Demorest's Family Magazine from the late 1800s. They are in pretty rough shape - mostly loose pages and many of those stained beyond recognition. I'm in the process of scanning the ads for digital collage sheets, but I thought I'd also separate some of the images as well. While the ads will keep the look of the original - yellowed background and all - I've decided to see if I can clean up the images. The images above show my first attempt - I think it turned out pretty well!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Free Clip Art!

Who doesn't love something for free?!

We all know Dover has great books, but did you know you can get free clip art from them? Sign up for the Dover Sampler and you'll get an email every week that will let you go and download free images from some of their most popular books.

Just want to note that I'm not affiliated with Dover - I just think this is too good to keep to myself!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

First Wild Vintage eBook - Coming soon!

I'm currently working on a pdf version of a 1916 booklet of crochet patterns. I'm scanning the pages, enlarging them and enhancing a bit to make it more readable. I'm half way through and so far only one page had to have some text reconstructed: