Historical Image Resource

Hi, everyone. In the past, I have written a post on two free image resources, Pixabay and Unsplash. [Two Free Image Resources]

The images from these sites are completely free for modification or use. I love these sites because they are endless treasure troves of beautiful, cute, funny, etc. photos that spice up websites, digital projects, and even print media like flyers. Lately, as I’ve written posts including historical data, I realized I needed to find a new resource for educational images because the other two are essentially photographer havens. Snowy woods? You could browse for hours. A writer from the 1700’s? Nada. So here’s the best resource I’ve found.

Google Images: Advanced Search

Excuse my ignorance if this is obvious; I sincerely figured it out a week ago. If you’re out of the loop like me, I hope this benefits you.

  1. Type images.google.com in the address bar.
  2. Click Settings in the bottom right-hand corner to expand a menu.*
  3. Click Advanced Search.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and find the drop-down menu next to Usage Rights.**
  5. The second option that reads “free to share or use” is sufficient for an educational blog. I go for the last option, “free to use, share, or modify, even commercially,” because I promote myself as an editor on my site.
  6. Search the document or figure or event in question!

Please, please–always use free images. Copyright infringement is illegal! 





  1. I joined a stock image website to gain access to royalty-free images. The one I chose is pro-artist and has all sorts of graphics and themes for various website software. It’s more expensive per month than Netflix but far less than paying per image. I forgot about that feature on Google, so thanks for the reminder, as well as sharing your resources.

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