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 your use. But because I have worked hard to find and enhance these images and bring them to you via the postcard, I would prefer that you consider VVP's renditions protected. I don't offer them for reproduction. However, legally it's a gray area. I haven't produced any perfect replicas, but some inadvertently may come close. It may be that I have to let these loose. But please be respectful. And please be aware that the VVP logo is an original and is protected.

The concept of art in the public domain can be a complicated issue, difficult to discern which images can and can't be used. But there are so many treasures out there, it is worth your while to wade through. 

Granted the privilege of seeing and developing pieces originally created by someone else, I feel the least I can do is share my sources. I've included links either to the image I've borrowed (and revised) or to information pages. I invite you to pursue what interests you. But a word of warning, when you run across something you want to use, please check copyright for yourself. As I said, it's a tough issue and may require your own interpretation. Feel free to contact me with corrections or comments.

You will find breadcrumbs throughout Venerable Vintage Press. The Library/Links page 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.

I did, in most cases, change the original. I know the artists, if we could ask them, might not approve, but I felt the changes were necessary to make the image readable on paper and on the screen, to help contemporary viewers see beyond the tarnish. If you'd like 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.

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