Search Pictures From Old Books
Find images based on keywords or other criteria...
What you might find and how to find it
There are 3678 images listed here;
most of them in more than one size.
The images are mostly scanned from old books,
ranging in date from the 1500s up to the 1920s and early
1930s. Most of them are out of copyright, or public domain.
Some common searches:
Castles to find
old pictures of castles;
Manors to find
pictures of manor houses;
gravestones to find
pictures of graveyards or other burial sites;
Here are all the different sorts of things you can search
for right now:
Restrict the search to images from a single book.
Knight's Old England has the most pictures if you
want to try this.
- Almost all the images have one or more keywords associated
with them. This is the best way to search.
Find images showing a particular place, or showing places
in a particular area or country. This is probably most
useful when combined with keyword.
- Image size
This is for people looking for
screen backgrounds (desktop images or wallpaper as
Microsoft calls it). You can combine it with the
wallpaper keyword to get only images that are
the same size as common screens.
If you want high resolution images
e.g. for commercial use, please contact me directly.
Changing the way results are shown
- Just the Pix
The normal search mode (Pics and Details) shows
thumbnails, descriptions and keywords for each image.
If you choose Just the Pix you get images
packed closely on the page.
- Image Links
In the results you may see some letters or symbols:
+ S L R N
The plus sign (+) will show all
images from the same source (the same printed book).
The S does the same thing,
but using this search interface.
The K finds other images with the
The L looks for other images with
the same location.
The N looks for images depicting
nearby places (e.g. in the same county or region).
- Sort order
- You can say which result comes first: sorting
by source will put all the pictures from a given
book together. Newest First will start with the
images that were added to this Web site most recently.
Most popular will use the number of times each image has
been shown in the past few days.
- Results per page
- You can increase this from 12 to 200 to see
more thumbnails on each page of results. The size
of your screen and the speed of your network connection
will make a difference here!