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Looking for an inexpensive way to add vintage-style artwork to your home? Look no further than the Library of Congress’s extensive catalog of photos, illustrations, architectural renderings, and more. The Library of Congress website hosts a staggering collection of image archives, many of which are in the public domain and available for download. Check out a few of our favorites.
This set of posters from the WPA showcases the best in vintage design and midcentury whimsy.
Architecture, Design & Engineering Drawings
These lovely elevation renderings of cupolas come from the Architecture Design and Engineering Drawings collection. In this set you can also find renderings of public buildings, monuments, and other interesting structures.
Popular Graphic Arts
The Popular Graphic Arts collection contains illustrations of historical, graphic, or documentary importance, and covers a wide variety of subjects from fashion to politics.
From clip art to architecture, Dover Publications creates some fantastic and inexpensive design resources. You can get a free taste by signing up for their weekly sampler. Every Friday you’ll receive an e-mail with links to excerpts from some popular and timely titles. Here are a few clip-art standouts from their recent sampler offerings.
We love the idea of collaging these vintage travel labels from the Old-Time Travel Posters and Luggage Labels book onto an antique suitcase.
We love a free design tool, and this one is loads of fun to play with. Adobe’s online Kuler program is designed to help you generate color themes from various sources.
We especially enjoy creating themes from images. Here’s how it works:
1.) Open Kuler in your web browser, and select “Create.”