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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: two dancing harlequins]

Stock block: two dancing harlequins

This vintage art pair of jesters are two men dressed as harlequins, or clowns; the one on the left has a hat with bells on it and carries a punch-and-judy style stick with a head on the end; the one on the right wears a devil costume on his head and has a wide ruff or collar [...] [more...] [$]

[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: Young male servant carrying a boar's head]

stock block: Young male servant carrying a boar’s head

This young man carries a platter of food: a roasted pig’s head with fruit or vegetables around it, on a platter. He wears a ruff round his neck, a tunic over a long-sleeved shirt, and simple shoes; presumably he also wears hose, or tights. He carries the platter level with his face. The image is circular and the space that itsn’t the food or the youth [...] [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...] [$]


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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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