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The typograpic ornaments and “stock blocks” or “stock cuts” here are taken from The Little Book of Typographic Ornament by David Jury (Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2015). I may add more later that are from other sources.

The book shows ornaments going back to the 1700s and includes access to download 300dpi digital images; these have been dithered, making them hard to re-use; I’ve processed them to give them clean edges.

Title: Typographic Ornaments

Author: Various

Published by: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

City: London

Date: 1850

Total items: 9

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Stock block: deer skull]

Stock block: deer skull

This vintage woodcut of a deer skull looks almost like a Cthulhu monster or the “Kraken”. [more...] [$]

[picture: Stock block: Child kneeling in a circular vignette]

Stock block: Child kneeling in a circular vignette

This Victorian engraving shows a boy (probably) kneeling within a circular border; he holds a boquet of flowers in one hand as he gazes at a butterly perched on his other hand. There’s a circle of [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Stock block: Victorian railway engine and tender]

Stock block: Victorian railway engine and tender

No source is given for this 2-4-0 steam engine US: railroad locomotive) and it’s not clear whether it is a drawing of an actual engine and tender or just a generic one. [more...] [$]

[picture: Chapterheads with cherubs, dragons, fish, neptune, flowers]

Chapterheads with cherubs, dragons, fish, neptune, flowers

Three separate chapterheads: one with two cherubs, or naked boys, each holding one end of a rope, or a pipe with a bulb on the end, perhaps about to squirt some giant flowers; one with a Greek male head (possibly neptune) in a circle with large fish all round; one with two dragons or wyverns having the [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: manicule, or pointing hand]

manicule, or pointing hand

Drawings of hands, often with arms attached, were added to mediæval manuscripts by people who used them; the hands were used to draw attention to particular passages of interest. [more...] [$]


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The typograpic ornaments and “stock blocks” or “stock cuts” here are taken from The Little Book of Typographic Ornament by David Jury (Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2015). I may add more later that are from other sources.

The book shows ornaments going back to the 1700s and includes access to download 300dpi digital images; these have been dithered, making them hard to re-use; I’ve processed them to give them clean edges.


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