Freebie Image Gallery: Summer Lovin’

It’s trite but true: a picture is worth a thousand words. In our emoticon-spouting, animated GIF meme-ing, Facebook-loving times, we communicate, more and more, through images. Happily, the Devil’s Artisan, our very own Journal of the Printing Arts, offers an ever-expanding selection of free, high-resolution, downloadable dingbats, ornaments and fanciful initials for your printed and online projects.

Today, we’re featuring a gallery of beautiful vintage images that communicate the joys of the steamy, adventure-filled end-of-summer months.


I can remember fishing only once, as a child, in the Detroit River. I refused to bait my own hook, and needless to say, we did not eat anything we caught.

summer garden

I once aspired to green thumb-level greatness with a small vegetable garden. That is, until the blasted squirrels dug up all my tomato plants. The heartbreak is still fresh.

horse and gate

To my mind, every good summer camp experience should involve horseback riding at some point. This has not been my experience, but hey, a porcupette can dream.

hot-air balloon

I never understood the romance of the hot-air balloon. The threat of falling, the tight quarters, the pilot standing RIGHT THERE. But different strokes for different folks, I guess.

children playing

Children running around and playing together. How much more “summer nostalgia” can you get? Most remarkable? There’s not a cell phone in sight.


These are just some of the charming and wonderful images available over at the Dingbat Section of the Devil’s Artisan website. We’ve also got hundreds of typographic ornaments–headpieces, and tails and initials–as well as ‘other stuff’: insects and birds, fish and mammals, and oddities of various sorts. Visit today to browse this gallery of curiosities.


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