postcards with an inspired sense of history
inktopaperpress postcards feature altered images of work originally created by, for the most part, artists working before or around the turn of the 20th century (the originals were usually created before 1924). those original images are now available through the public domain.

all images on are modified versions of the original. when i first began this project years ago, i wanted to leave the images recognizable, but i finally decided it was time to have some fun and make them my own, personalize them. the rules of image copyright can be complicated, but i think these images are far enough away from the original that it's safe to claim copyright for 

if you are interested in the images you see here, for your own projects, please follow the links in the galleries to the source sites to download files there. those are in the public domain. (i've been careful, but please check the current copyright status for yourself; most sites will tell you if they are available for personal or commercial use.)

public domain
it’s a privilege & a somewhat tricky matter to use someone else’s art to create my own, so i’ve included links pointing back to the source or to an information page if i scanned the image instead of used a digital source.

at this point, inktopaperpress cards feature quite-altered images. but even when i was staying closer to the original, i didn't try to reproduce exact copies (i couldn’t & didn’t want to). if you’d like to see a closer rendition of what the artist might have intended, please click on the captions under the images & in many cases keep looking beyond that. you’ll find unexpected pathways & treasures, one discovery always leading to another. it’s a good way to expose yourself to history, art history or any other... the stories expand in many directions.

if you need help navigating the links, please contact me. 

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thanks to these sites for sharing (click to visit):

art history project-obelisk
rijksmuseum museum of the netherlands
tamiment lib/robt f. wagner labor archives, nyu’s liberator/the masses
falvey mem. library, villanova university
usda nursery of seed and trade catalogues
smithsonian american art museum
los angeles county museum of art
metropolitan museum of art
museum of fine arts boston
library of congress
new york public library
national gallery of art
the j. paul getty museum
art institute of chicago
europeana collections
barnes foundation
wikimedia commons