This week, London-based Wellcome Images released more than 100,000 digital images for free. The historical images range from photographs, etchings, sketches and more, and are in super high quality. I dare you to stop yourself from looking through the centuries-old medical and science illustrations depicting all of the horrible maladies that befall the human anatomy.
This is good news for bloggers, researchers, and lovers of all things interesting and old. I recommend you take a stroll through. You can search through Wellcome Images collection with the added ability of saving favorites to your ‘lightbox.’ Also, I’ve included a few other selections of sources for images in the public domain that you can use to spruce up your blog or gaze at longingly.
- WikiPaintings.org | a collection of fine art. “The project aims to create high-quality, most complete and well-structured online repository of fine art.”
- Archive.org | huge collection of work including images. “[A] non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access… to historical collections that exist in digital format.”
- Project Gutenberg | besides it immense collection of public domain texts, Project Gut also includes original etchings and illustrations when possible.
- Public Domain Review | articles & spotlights highlighting the interestingness of works in the public domain. “[It] aims to help its readers to explore this rich terrain – like a small exhibition gallery at the entrance of an immense network of archives and storage rooms that lie beyond.”