Last week I attended a local Friends of the Library book sale and found a real gem. Trades and Occupations: A Pictorial Archive from Early Sources (Dover Pictorial Archive Series), by Carol Belanger Grafton, is a collection of over 1100 illustrations. These pictures were found in publications that were printed between 100 and 350 years ago. The picutres feature different kinds of work that people have participated in over the past several centuries. These pictures remind us that work was for centuries a common subject for art, and particularly for illustration.
The fair use policy for these illustrations state that "you may use the designs and illustrations for graphics and crafts applications, free and without special permission, provided that you include no more than ten in the same publication or project".
Last week, I wrote a blog article about how I use Animoto to create slideshows from my personal photographs. Today, I used some illustrations from this book to create a slide show of illustrations featuring Victorian book sellers and libraries.
Dover Publications has published dozens of books of clip art and vintage illustrations. Most of these book are 20 to 30 years old. I think these books are wonderful resourses for graphics to use on blogs, social media sites and videos.
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