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Vintage Illustrations, Online Collections, Drawings and Art Work. Free online collections of illustrations created by artists, for such media as posters, postcards, magazines or books.

American Art Posters 1890-1920

From Boston Public Library. Approx. 590 posters concentrates on the period of the height of the poster movement during the 1890s. Holdings are particularly rich in posters designed by Edward Penfield, Will Bradley, and Ethel Reed. Digital Commonwealth.

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Children’s Book Illustrations

1,120 illustrations in a flickr collection. British Library.

Collection of the Dresses of Different Nations, Antient and Modern 1757-1772

From NY Public Library Collection of Customs and Costume. About 490 colored illustrations from a multi-volume book published from 1757 to 1772 entitled “Collection of the Dresses of Different Nations, Antient and Modern, Particularly Old English Dresses After the Designs of Holbein, VanDyke, Hollar, and Others …”.

Popular Graphics Arts

From U.S. Library of Congress. Historical prints (ca. 1700-1900) in the LOC popular graphic art series. Most by printmakers, but printmakers in other countries are also represented.

Fulton Street Trade Cards

Consists of 245 late 19th and early 20th century illustrated trade cards, all emanating from businesses in Brooklyn’s historic commercial thoroughfare. Brooklyn Public Library, New York Heritage Digital Collections.

Early History of Aeronautics

From Library of Congress. The Tissandier Collection contains about 975 items in the history of aeronautics, emphasizing balloon flight in France and other European countries., and including airships and flying machines.

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Political Posters from the Labadie Collection

Posters covering social protest movements such as Anarchism, Civil Liberties, Colonialism, Communism, Ecology, Labor, Pacifism, Sexual Freedom, Socialism, Women, and Youth/Student Protest. Some from the 1st half of the 20th century, but the majority from later. University of Michigan.

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