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Vintage Photos

If you visit here often you will know that I delight in vintage photographic images, particularly those that come with few if any copyright restrictions. All of the images below are shared by the holding institutions under a creative commons license. Feel free to grab them but do remember to consult the source for the precise terms and conditions of use (and if you could mention that you found them here if you post them elsewhere then that would be fantabulous).

Don't forget to pop back, I'll be updating the gallery regularly.



The National Library of Wales via Flickr, The Commons.


The National Library of Wales via Flickr, The Commons.


Eugene Atget, Café, Avenue de la Grande–Armée


Holland House Library, London, hit by WW2 bomb.

Thievpal, France, 1918. Quietly there, he's sleeping.
National Library of Scotland via Flickr The Commons


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, via Wikipedia Commons.


George Eastman House Still Photograph Archive, via Flickr The Commons.


The National Library of Wales, via Flickr The Commons, Geoff Charles, 1955.


National Media Museum via Flickr The Commons


State Library of Queensland via Flickr The Commons


Flickr's The Commons


Flickr's The Commons

The National Library of Wales via Flickr's The Commons

Oregon State University Digital Collections: Sheep Shearing in Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon, c. 1926

The National Media Museum via Flickr Commons

The National Media Museum via Flickr Commons

The National Library of Wales via Flickr Commons

The National Library of Wales via Flickr Commons

The National Library of Wales via Flickr Commons

Contortionist posed in studio, c. 1880
National Media Museum via Flickr

National Media Museum via Flickr

The Library of Congress

Christmas Eve c. 1901 The Library Of Congress

Tweeling en Kerstboom in WandelwagenX
Amsterdam, December 1964
Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands
Vader en kind met kerstboom
Haarlem, Holland, 1949
Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands

VW-Käfer mit Weihnachtsbaum
Bonn, December 1972
Bundesarchiv

Anna Maria Williams, seated in a chair knitting.
Napier, Hawke's Bay, c. 1920
National Library of New Zealand
Wife of Charles William Clift at home, knitting.
Whaui Street, Vogeltown, Wellington.
National Library of New Zealand
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