Public domain images

Early Selfies 1839 – 1913

The search for the earliest “selfie” (self-portrait, as a photograph) seems to be at full tilt. One of my favorites is dated around 1900.  It’s shown at the right.  The largest version I can find, online was posted by Sabine Niedola.  (The largest, clear image is usually the first — or one of the first(…)

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1917 Newspaper Article – Innocence? Naivete?

I love old newspapers and magazines.  Sometimes, when I’m browsing through them, I see an article or an illustration that I can hardly believe I’m seeing. This isn’t the strangest photo I’ve ever seen in an old newspaper, but something about it struck me so very odd when I saw it today. I mean, really,(…)

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While I’m Talking About Public Domain…

While I’m Talking About Public Domain…

Never underestimate the value of the U.S. government when it comes to surreal and absurd images, many of which are in the public domain. I mean it.  And, if you’re easily offended or the subject of VD bothers you, avert your eyes. Seriously, this poster (at right) appears to be in the public domain.  (See(…)

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Copyright and Free, Royalty-Free Resources… again!

Copyright and Free, Royalty-Free Resources… again!

Many people — perhaps most people online today — aren’t aware of how copyright laws apply to what’s on the Internet. I know no one who deliberately breaks copyright laws.  They’re just misinformed, or misguided by how they see copyright laws ignored online. Often, people believe that anything online is okay to borrow, at least(…)

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