Project Gado Releases 1,000+ Vintage Images into the Public Domain

Project Gado Releases 1,000+ Vintage Images into the Public Domain


San Francisco, CA—Project Gado released more than 1,000 vintage images into the public domain that are free of known copyright restrictions and can be used freely for any purpose. The images span more than a century of history, from the mid 1890s to the late 1980s, and cover a wide variety of topics, including major historical events. Many are vernacular images, snapshots and other unique stock photos available nowhere else.

The images will be valuable for anyone looking to add retro imagery to their creative projects. Easily shared to social media, they are also available for browsing by photography enthusiasts and those with an interest in history. The images are being professionally digitized at Project Gado’s lab in the San Francisco Bay area. They come from a variety of formats, from postcards and early photographic prints to 35mm slides, Kodachrome film and Polaroids.

“We are excited to make thousands of vintage images available for free through this new initiative,” said Tom Smith, cofounder of Project Gado. “In many instances, the photos we’re scanning would be thrown away if we didn’t acquire and digitize them. Saving these valuable glimpses into the past is a perfect fit for our mission of digitizing and sharing the world’s visual history.”

Once the initial 1,000 images are released, Project Gado plans to acquire, scan and release additional images. Those who wish to support this initiative and help Project Gado acquire, digitize and release more public domain photos can donate at Project Gado’s Kickstarter page:

To view the newly released images and download them for free, visit