10 free vintage flower illustrations

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In the spirit of spring, we’ve collected 10 “hand-picked” vintage flower illustrations with no known copyright restrictions from the Internet Archive. These are perfect for vector tracing and use in packaging, book cover design or anything else in need of some vintage style!

1. J. Bolgiano & Son (1904)

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2. John Saul’s new, rare and beautiful flower and garden seeds (1888)

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Spring catalogue of John Saul’s new, rare and beautiful flower and garden seeds grown and imported by John Saul, Washington D.C. 1888. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

3. Wm. Elliott & Sons seedsmen (1899)

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Wm. Elliott & Sons Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

4. Amateur cultivator’s guide to the flower and kitchen garden (1869)

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Washburn & Co Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection circa 1869. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

5. Garden flower and field seeds (1902)

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W.W. Barnard & Co Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

6. Seed annual (1899)

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D.M. Ferry & Co Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

7. General catalogue of fruit and ornamental trees, shrubs, roses (1895)

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Mount Hope Nurseries Ellwanger & Barry Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

8. Farquhar’s catalogue of seeds: plants, bulbs tools fertilizers, sundries (1900)

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R. & J. Farquhar Company Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

9. Dreer’s wholesale price list (1909)

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Henry A. Dreer (Firm) Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

10. Dreer’s garden calendar (1902)

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Henry A. Dreer (Firm) Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. Internet Archive Book Images (via Flickr)

Want more? Check out our article 21 free public domain image websites (use with care).

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