The Library’s Free to Use and Reuse copyright-free prints and photographs are among the most popular items in the Library’s vast collections.
They’re great images from days gone by and they’re yours for free!
You can check out the pictures in travel posters, autumn and halloween, weddings, movie palaces and dozens more. You can download them, make posters for your home or wallpapers for your phone.
Let’s check out a few from our aircraft collection. As the 1908 illustration above shows, we have a very liberal definition of “aircraft.”
This contraption, with a nattily-attired couple purring through the heavens, appears to be akin to a two-seater convertible with wings, perched below a zeppelin. Our heroine has taken the wheel and her gentleman companion is, no doubt, mansplaining how to Fly This Danged Thing.
“It’s that time of year when many of us are getting ready to head to the airport and hop on a plane en route to family and friends for the holidays. Air travel, like many modern conveniences, is a perk easy to take for granted despite its relatively short history. A visual trip through the collections of the Prints & Photographs Division illustrates some of the developments in air travel over the past century.”