Looking for free, downloadable, copyright-free, vintage images for your presentations, promotional work, or personal interest? There are over a million made available by the British Library on their Flickr site.
The British Museum has over eight million objects in its collections; to date, half of that is now online. But only a million listings have images to go with them. You can download high-resolution images under a Creative Commons license (free account signup is required).
Last week the ever-incredible British Library announced that they were gifting more than 1 million images to the world, uploaded to Flickr Commons under the public domain mark, meaning complete freedom of re-use. The range and breadth of images is phenomenal. As they say in their post announcing the release the "images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of". Each image was extracted from its respective home (books making up a total of 65,000 already digitised volumes) by a program known as the 'Mechanical Curator', a creation of the British Library Labs project. A crowdsourcing application is being launched in the new year (likely using tools developed by our very own Open Knowledge Foundation!) to help describe what the images portray - and the British Library is also putting out a general plea for people to innovate new ways to navigate, find and display this incredible array of images. (Email BL Labs here).
As part of a website refresh, The British Museum has made over 1.9 million photos of its collections freely available to the public. Visitors to their online collections website can download images, and share & adapt them for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. Museum director Hartwig Fischer said of the refresh:
Foter offers over 335 million free stock photos, royalty-free with Creative Commons 0 attributions. Photos have been professionally curated and edited so they are ready to go without needing you edit them yourself. Not only can you search by keyword, but you can filter by relevant, recent, interestingness (popularity) and even color! If you are looking for inspiration there are suggested categories and popular images on their homepage.
The British Library has made over a million vintage photos free for public use on Flickr. Images are taken from the library's collection of 17th, 18th and 19th Century books. This resource is great if you are interested in vintage and/or old time style images. Since the photos are hosted on Flickr, there are search features, tags on photos, premade galleries and groups, and many more convenient features.
Photos are free of copyright restrictions for private and commercial use. New Old Stock offers vintage images of landscapes and other scenery. Most photos are black and white or sepia tone. New Old Stock doesn't have a search feature or categories. They have about one thousand images.
The Internet Archive offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 2.3 million modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.
The Internet Archive offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 2.3 million modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free archive.org account.Borrow a BookBooks on Internet Archive are offered in many formats, including DAISY files intended for print disabled people. In addition to the collections here, print disabled people may access a large collection of modern books provided as encrypted DAISY files on OpenLibrary.org. Please visit the FAQ for more information about DAISY files and how to un-encrypt them. 2b1af7f3a8