By Marc Allen
In case you missed it, the British Library just released a gazillion images into the public domain. They’ve posted them on their Flickr feed (pause for moment of Louis C.K. childlike wonder at technology).
Because they’re in the public domain, you can do whatever you heart desires to these images. Forgot to get your aunt a gift? Photoshop her face into this scene, print it out, frame it, and viola!
What about that fancy friend who wears a top hat and monocle and goes around town on his twenty-five foot camel? Maybe he’ll appreciate this 19th century print:
Or how about this great 1722 portrait of John Locke:
For the pet lover in your life, give them this 1885 image of what appears to be a crane French kissing a wolf:
And here’s an 1894 print that I know a few of my fellow Jilters will appreciate:
Anyway, this collection is a staggering reflection on the last four hundred years of human history. It should be enough to get you through your work week. Happy Holidays.