The US Library of Congress hosts a vast library of public domain images that can be used for anything you want, including commercial use. And they occasionally curate small collections from their database of over 800,000 photos, prints and drawings. The Library has built 28 themed collections of images, including a charming collection of vintage cat photos and drawings.
Here are some of our favourite old cats.
“Treat ’em rough!” says this US military poster, which unfortunately is not actually recruiting cats.
In this military photo, an Idaho farm cat drinks foaming fresh milk:
Brünnhilde is a 1930s cat dressed as a viking, in what disappointingly is not a military photo:
Tige, the Coolidge family cat, once escaped the White House and wandered DC until this man, Navy guard Benjamin Fink, found him.
Other Library image collections include visually striking posters, children’s books, “African-American Women Changemakers” and dogs. You can find hundreds more cat images by searching the Library’s catalogue.