I started browsing intending to pick 5 or 10 beautiful images to share with you… and an hour later, I had dozens, which I narrowed down to 25 for you today. There are SO many images in their collection! You can go here to browse everything, or check out some of our favorites below, which includes links directly to those images to download and use.
Note that not all of the images in their vast collection are public domain, but they have millions of images and thousands of those are now available in the public domain, in high-resolution! To filter for those that are public domain and free for unrestricted use, just click the "Show Only Public Domain" checkbox in the left sidebar (under the Filters tab) as you're searching or browsing one of the many image collections, and/or look for "Free to use without restriction" below the image. Some images have multiple sizes to choose from, so click the drop-down menu to see all the available sizes and download the high-resolution TIF files that NYPL has generously provided.
Not sure how to work with vintage images to prep them for printing? Brynne over at The Gathered Home has a great tutorial showing you how.
Not sure what to DO with all these pretty free images once you've printed them? Try one of these 50+ ways to display photos and art prints.
And now, to the images! I'm sure we'll share more soon because there are just SO many great book pages and resources — maps, book covers, menus, illustrations, portraits and photos, oh my! See more of the vintage images we love here, and more free printable art here (both vintage and non).
Beautiful High-Res Printable Vintage Images
Click the link above each image to visit the New York Public Library site and download the high-resolution image to print.
All images courtesy of (and a huge thanks to!) the New York Public Library.