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:: About public domain ::

The public domain material that I post on this site appeared in print before 1925, where no copyright exists or where the copyright is believed to have expired. If you believe that any antique/vintage images and texts are not part of the public domain, please email me immediately and I will remove the image from my site.


To the best of my knowledge, all the images and text in my personal collection of vintage/antique books, publications and ephemera are part of the public domain in many countries. However, laws on copyright may vary from one country to the next. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other restrictions when publishing or otherwise using the materials found within this repository of pictures and text. I do not offer guarantees or warranties of any kind regarding their public domain status, or their suitability for any purpose. In all cases, responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an image or reference text, and securing any necessary permissions to utilize these images or reference texts ultimately rests with the person(s) desiring to use these materials.

In no event shall I be liable for any claim, damages or other liability, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of or in connection with the use or other dealings in the images and files obtained from this site or any of my associated sites.

While by no means comprehensive, you can find a list of some countries' copyright length here.

:: About my antique collection ::

Just a small portion of my antique book collection

Growing up, I always had a passion for reading old books, particularly ones that were richly decorated with amazingly complex illustrations. However, I only got hooked on collecting vintage ephemera and old paper when I bought my first set of Victorian trade cards from a dealer in the Niagara Falls area in 2002. Since then, I have been obsessively acquiring more antique paper and books from eBay sellers all around the world as well as from antique dealers in Cleveland, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

The bulk of my collection consists of profusely illustrated magazines from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I try to repair these antique graphics in Photoshop after I have scanned them at high resolution (600 ppi or higher). I am slowly working my way through digitizing the over 500,000 images (an ever-expanding number) I currently own and post many as free downloads on RealVictorian.com as well as offering instantly downloadable, printable JPEGs on RealVictorian.etsy.com.

You can also find more free graphics and poetry on my Field & Garden site.

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