I located a public domain image of "Prairie Settlement: Nebraska
Photographs and Family Letters, 1862-1912" at
This is public domain from the Library of Congress. To view the large
image see http://memory.loc.gov/award/nbhips/lca/131/13199r.jpg
For permission to use the photo, see
- Seemingly, written permission is the only "charge" incurred.
Also see "A Skating Scene - 1859" at
and "Skating on Jamacia Pond - 1859" at
- Click on small photo to see it larger.
NOTE: Using these images is free per the statement at
"Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying,
photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"):
Permitted; subject to P&P policy on copying, which prohibits
photocopying of original prints.
"Publication and other forms of distribution: Most of the images in
this collection were published before 1923 and are therefore in the
public domain. A few images were published after this date and may be
restricted by copyright.
"Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division,
[reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-90145]" (insert the image number
used to reflect fair use.)
Midway down the page at http://memory.loc.gov/pp/cphSubjects250.html
are many listings for ice skating in the 1800s. These are linked to
the Library of Congress and may be duplicates of the one below.
See last row, at http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/searchresultsK.cfm?keyword=ice+skating
- title "Skating pond, Central Park, N.Y. 1861. Image 800756"
See the stand-alone larger image of the above at
This image is from the New York Public Library Picture Collection
Online however there is a small charge for **reproductions** so you
should still ask written permission for use of the online image. The
main site is located at http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/ where it is
"The Picture Collection Online is an image resource site for those who
seek knowledge and inspiration from visual materials. It is a
collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines and
newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards,
mostly created before 1923...For information regarding ordering
reproductions and requesting permission to use images beyond personal
or research purposes, please contact Photographic Services &
The contact page for photographic services is
Sample rates for reproductions from them include:
Color slide $25.00
8 x 10 print $25.00
See http://www.nypl.org/admin/pro/copies/price.html for other rates.
The New York Public Library
Photographic Services & Premissions,
Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 6:00pm
Telephone: 212-930-9270 Fax: 212-221-3423
Telephone: 212-930-0091 Fax: 212-930-0533
Again, using from the Internet seems free as long as proper
attribution is noted but it's always a good idea to request written
For future references, see Wikipedia's page of public domain image
sites at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain_image_resources
and you may read more about the public domain at
Should you require clarification of the links or information I have
provided, please request it before rating and closing this question
and I will be happy to respond.
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