It’s been a while since we’ve talked about adding a new category of great vintage images to Reusable Art. Starting with a pair of charming drawings by Oliver Herford (1863-1935), giraffes have come lumbering onto the site.
For their awe-inspiring height, there’s just something quiet and serene about giraffes. I was lucky enough to meet one of these animals face-to-face and it was one of those experiences I’ll never forget. Their eyelashes are extremely long and their black tongues are even longer.
I’m a little disappointed that so far the only public domain giraffe images that I have to share with you are black and white but, I think there’s a good variety of choices. There’s even a giraffe skeleton drawing! There are seven illustrations in all. One is from the controversial 11th edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. All of the rest are from vintage children’s books.
The 11th edition of the encyclopedia we all used in middle school is controversial due to many of the explanations of social issues. It was published when the publication was transitioning from Great Britain to the United States. Ironically, many of the articles were written by the world’s best scholars but their honest opinions on a variety of topics are now considered politically incorrect.
Opinions on race, society and other matters don’t really impact the wonderful illustrations that were included in the volumes of this edition. Of our group of six public domain giraffe images in this article, the one from the encyclopedia is the first one on the second row. It’s a really pretty drawing and you can see it full size here – Stately Giraffe Drawing.
Do check back as there will no doubt be further additions to this new image category in the future. And, do be sure to check out all of the other wonderful public domain animal images on Reusable Art.
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