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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use these images in my commercial projects?

Yes. Our vintage images may be used in commercial projects like websites, advertising, books, videos, and other commercial presentations. If you can give credit to the site, we certainly appreciate it, but credit is NOT required. You may not, however, repackage, redistribute, or claim ownership of the images. Do not use the photos in products that rely on the photograph as the main selling point. If you want to use an image in a way not covered, use the support link to contact us and ask. We may also write you an exception to use images in ways that may be prohibited by the license.

What about selling prints or putting the photos on shirts, mugs, mousepads, calendars, and/or toilet seat covers?

No. We do not grant the rights to resell or profit from a reprinting of our photos. This would qualify as "redistribution" and is not allowed. If you have a great idea, contact us and maybe we can collaborate.

Can I buy an extended license that would allow printing and distribution?

Yes. We have negotiated this in the past, please contact us with details of your desired usage.

What format are the photos in and might I get a different version?

All our images are in JPG format. If you need the image in a larger size (we slightly compress and downsize images for distribution) or as an uncompressed TIFF, contact support and we'll see what we can do.

Are these images model released?

No. We own the copyrights to the photos themselves, but obtaining model releases of people depicted is not practical or possible since most of these images are 40-80 years old. You are responsible for using images in an editorial or otherwise legal manner.

Are there any restrictions on my use of the photos that I download?

Yes. As noted above: While Vintage Stock Photos offers great freedoms and a wide ranges of uses, we do not allow the redistribution of our photos, or allow the use of our photos within products that are mass distributed in any type of archive format. See the License for complete details.

If I sign up for a membership, are there any other fees I will encounter when downloading from the site?

No. A simple login allows you full access to download any photos on our site at no charge.

Can I contribute photos?

Probably! If you have some good vintage photos you'd like to add to the collection, contact support and we'll have a chat. If images look good, we'll get you a contributor account and you can upload to the site.