BW Scan Collection

Here is a large collection of black & white scanned clip art. I originally gathered it in the early 1990’s, while using Atari MegaSTe and TT computers. I scanned quite a few of the images myself, but others were gathered from collections posted on bulletin boards. Most of them are 300dpi resolution.

To download a full-size image, keep clicking on the one you want until it is showing in a blank page in the browser (if your mouse turns into a magnifying glass cursor with a plus-sign in it, click again until you see a minus-sign). Right-click on the image and choose “Save As…”

You can also download the whole collection here in one zip file (~90MB): BW Scan Collection.

Regarding Copyrights

I get a few questions about this regularly. Here is what I know. Some of these scans I made myself. Others were taken from bulletin boards, CD collections, etc. This was from the early 1990’s, on an Atari computer. In those days, copyright was not such a hot issue as now. I expect most of the sources these came from do not exist today, or are not commercially active.

Some of the Bible pictures, I later found, came from Horace Knowles, who was commissioned by the British Bible Society to illustrate the New English Bible in the 1950’s. These illustrations were used in a few other versions as well, even up until 1995. Their copyright statement is here. You can use these images for commercial work, but read their statement carefully.

I don’t think you would have a problem using the others commercially, but cannot guarantee it. “Let the Buyer Beware!” To this day, NOBODY has ever written to me claiming that such and such an image was theirs, and “could you please take it down.” Still…it could happen. So use them at your own risk.

I believe you are always safe if you use them “for educational use”, at least in the USA, under the “fair use” clause of the copyright laws. But I’m not a lawyer.


6 responses to “BW Scan Collection”
  1. Bryr says:

    Hiya,
    Just wondering if there is any copywrite attached to this picture? Thanks.

    • practic says:

      Some of these scans came from old books and would be free from copyright. Some I don’t know…they were done in the Atari days of early 1990, and I’ve forgotten the sources. Some of the Bible ones were taken from a Bible illustrated by Horace Knowles, which I’ve found out recently are still under copyright with the British and Foreign Bible Society. So those ones should only be used under the “fair use” clause of the copyright law, ie. non-profit, educational use, etc.

  2. Bryr says:

    No worries, thank you. I thought it would post under the specific picture I was looking at, but it didn’t. I was meaning the one of the ‘Outhouse’…which I’m sure wouldn’t come under biblical illustrations. Have a lovely day!

  3. McDonald says:

    Can these images (besides the Bible illustration) be used for commercial uses? (great images by the way)

    • practic says:

      I get a few questions about this regularly. Here is what I know. Some of these scans I made myself. Others were taken from bulletin boards, CD collections, etc. This was from the early 1990’s, on an Atari computer. In those days, copyright was not such a hot issue as now. I expect most of the sources these came from do not exist today, or are not commercially active.

      Some of the Bible pictures, I later found, came from Horace Knowles, who was commissioned by the British Bible Society to illustrate the New English Bible in the 1950’s. These illustrations were used in a few other versions as well, even up until 1995. Their copyright statement is here. You can use these images for commercial work, but read their statement carefully.

      I don’t think you would have a problem using the others commercially, but cannot guarantee it. “Let the Buyer Beware!” To this day, NOBODY has ever written to me claiming that such and such an image was theirs, and “could you please take it down.” Still…it could happen. So use them at your own risk.

      I believe you are always safe if you use them “for educational use”, at least in the USA, under the “fair use” clause of the copyright laws. But I’m not a lawyer.

  4. Alexander says:

    Thank you so much. I will use this illustration as part of my youtube tutorial.

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