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Q: Public domain art/illustration work ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Public domain art/illustration work
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: 5861-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 04 Nov 2003 07:18 PST
Expires: 04 Dec 2003 07:18 PST
Question ID: 272483
Im a writer. I need an illustration of  ice skaers on an outdoor pond
in the 1850'3-60's. I prefer an American scene. It
must "public domain". (free, no cost to me).  Where do I get this?
Subject: Re: Public domain art/illustration work
Answered By: journalist-ga on 04 Nov 2003 09:23 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Greetings 5861:

I located a public domain image of "Prairie Settlement: Nebraska
Photographs and Family Letters, 1862-1912" at,eaa

This is public domain from the Library of Congress.  To view the large
image see

For permission to use the photo, see,+1862-1912%3c%2fa%3e&coll=psbib&default=award&dir=ammem
- 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;+LC-USZ62-846+(b%26w+film+copy+neg.)&call=PGA+-+Bufford--Jamaica+Pond+...+(D+size)+[P%26P]&itemLink=S?pp/ils:@FILREQ(@field(SUBJ+@od1(Ice+skating--Massachusetts--Boston--1850-1860+))+@FIELD(COLLID+pga))

"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
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
- 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 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 for other rates.

The New York Public Library
Photographic Services & Premissions,
Room 103
Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 6:00pm
(except holidays)

Photographic Services
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
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.

Best regards,


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