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. Please be aware that 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 the images required a great deal of time and effort. My preference is that you create your own projects from originals found on other online sources.
Because it's a privilege to see and develop art originally created by someone else, I'm happy to share the links that will take you to the source. You'll find breadcrumbs throughout Venerable Vintage Press that should lead you to downloadable files. Not all museums and resources share, but many do.
When exploring out there, if you run across something you want to use, please check copyright for yourself. It can be confusing and may require your own interpretation. I'd love to hear what you've found. And please contact me with corrections or comments.
I did, in most cases, change the original image. I know that the artists, if we could ask them, might not approve, but I made the changes to fit the postcard. 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 (a quick way into our cultural past), 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.