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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

From Open Culture:

We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.


Link to Article

Link to British Library Flickr

Link to Album View (shown above)

Selected Links by Subject:

musical instruments | fashion & costumes | ships | dancing |decorative papers | curator selection | highlights | portraits | space and science fiction | children’s book illustrations | technology | flora |advertisements | decorative illustrations | castles | heraldry | diagrams| comic art | illustrated letters & typography | wildlife

(via maudnewton​)

Looking for fun Public Domain Art

I found this lovely bit of art from a Medieval Manuscript a couple of years ago from @sexycodicology, and made some embroidery designs from it. 

Like here:

And this next one I found greatly amusing:

But while these two bunnies, particularly the axe-wielding one, get a lot of views and compliments, they do not sell very well.  

Any suggestions on more unique art sources I can use, or nice manuscripts I have overlooked, to turn into files for machine embroidery?