Copyright & reproduction
The postcards and other images found on the Venerable Vintage Press (VVP) site have been developed from images found in the public domain (mostly gathered from personal scans of early-edition books and periodicals or from library and museum digital collections). VVP's source images, for the most part, are available at other websites for any use. The images on VVP have been altered from the original to create unique postcards. These are not offered for reproduction - but legally it's a gray area. I do feel that public domain works should be shared, even if altered. But please be respectful. Finding and enhancing these images required a lot of time and effort. My preference is that you create your own projects from originals found on other online sources (see the links on VVP).
Because it's a privilege to see and develop pieces originally created by someone else, I'm happy to share links to image sources for your interest and use. You'll find breadcrumbs throughout Venerable Vintage Press that should lead you to sites where downloadable files are available. The Resources page here will give you a few places to start. And the caption under each picture in the galleries is a live link to a source or information page. If you need help, please drop me a line.
Follow the links to pursue what interests you. But a word of warning, when you run across something you want to use, please check copyright for yourself. It can be confusing and may require your own interpretation. Feel free to contact me with corrections or comments. The concept of art in the public domain can be complicated, difficult to discern which images can and can't be used. But there are so many treasures out there, it's worth the time, trouble and risk to wade through.
I did, in most cases, change the original image. I know that the artists, if we could ask them, might not approve, but I felt the changes were necessary to create the image I wanted to share on paper and screen, to help contemporary viewers see beyond the dust. If you'd like to see a closer rendition of what the artists might have intended, please follow the links, and in many cases, keep looking beyond that.
If I scanned in a hard copy or an original, you may not be able to find that image online. In that case, I've provided links to information sites, or please feel free to contact me.
Although the history behind these pieces is an essential part of the experience, providing a well-researched context is not my focus. My intention has been to create a postcard that shares what I think is the spirit of the original. I haven't tried to tell much of the back-story, only to let you know that there is one.