Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Obsession

I may have been living under a rock on this one, but did you know the New York Public Library has an amazing Digital Gallery? The Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 685,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more. I found out about the Digital Gallery after finally watching Design by the Book, a collaborative video series between Design*Sponge, the New York Public Library and several great artists. Check out the must watch series here.

Some of my favorites from the gallery included elegant and beautiful vase drawings, floral sketches and butterfly specimen prints. Aren't they fantastic? The inspiration seems endless and might be my new obsession!

35 comments:

Ms Unreliable said...

Those vase drawings are exquisite! I only had a very quick look at the Digital Gallery, but I'll definitely be taking a better look now that I know there's such wall-worthy goodies in there!

please sir said...

Oh I know - don't you want to frame them?!

hmstrjam said...

very cool- will have to check it out!

nkp said...

What an excellent find. Thank you for sharing these, I'm going to have to carve out some time to really explore!

erin@designcrisis said...

I didn't actually know about this... thanks!

That Girl Designs said...

i must have been under that rock with you! thanks for the link.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Wow - I didn't know about this - thanks for the tip!!

Tina said...

floral illustrations has always been one of my fav prints! the beautiful vases print arew so lovely too!

Joyce said...

I didn't know this, I love the butterflies. xoxo

citysage said...

Amazing! I love each and every one. I could spend hours and hours browsing old botanical and nature illustrations...

Kasey said...

now that is a great find.

cindy : quaint said...

it's an incredible collection. i love these, especially the top two.

L'Atelier said...

very neat! i am going to check it out now- thanks :)

Simple Answer said...

the library of congress is working on getting all their stuff digitized. it is worth a peek when you have a free moment!

drollgirl said...

these are so cool!!!! i am going to have to check it out, STAT!!!!!!

Julia said...

I had no idea! THANK YOU!!

Rachel said...

I did not know, but this is fabulous! I'm bookmarking the page and I can see myself spending a whole afternoon looking at them.

heidi said...

o.m.g.
there goes my entire afternoon...
xoh

Fifi Flowers said...

THose are beautiful prints... LOVE LOVE LOVE them... especially the first two.

[J] said...

I think I figured this out!

SimplyGrove said...

Very nice!

Laura said...

knew about it, but of course forgot about it ( i would forget my head if it wasn't attached) thanks for the reminder!

picciolo said...

I must have been under a similar rock, what a find! And I love those wallpapers in your last post too
: )

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

I LOVE the NYPL... it's amazing! xoxox

i.d. said...

Wow, thanks for sharing! Great news for those of us who don't live in NY! xx

Grace@PoeticHome said...

What gorgeous nostalgia! Your picks and vintage appreciation always make me happy when I visit.

*SNYdesign said...

The butterflies are gorgeous!

Esti said...

what a great inspirational source! I have to check it out...

a print a day said...

aaa! so awesome! totally bookmarked!

annechovie said...

I didn't know about this - thanks so much for sharing the tip!

fly tie said...

oh..it's all so pretty! especially the butterflies.

wunderbug said...

i'm a lil bit late to the game on this one, but i love these vase drawings! something about them reminds me a bit of art nouveau. might be the colours, or the style of design on the vases... or i might be completely off my rocker.

either way, i like 'em.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I love the old maps...LOVE!

thevintagechair said...

what a cool find! I'm going to be looking through these for hours now!

Brittany Noel said...

I must check it out! Those botanical prints are beautiful.

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