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Retro Clip Art

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Graphics and Images from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s

Retro images are big. Graphics that were once used in advertising and drawings for books and other illustrations during mid-century are now in style again.

Retro literally translates to "in the past." So, anything from as recent as 15 or 20 years ago can be considered retro, but I'm including retro clip art here from mostly the 1940s to the 1960s.

The lovely woman bowling shown here is from a 1940s printers book, according to Karen, The Graphics Fairy. I think she'd look great on an invitation to a bowling party or printed out and decoupaged onto a container for sports equipment. Use your imagination to use this fun Retro Clip Art.

Image Credit: The Graphics Fairy

Retro Objects

Retro wagons courtesy of Cathe at Just Something I Made.

Retro wagons courtesy of Cathe at Just Something I Made.

More Retro Object Clip Art

Use fun retro clip art for invitations, decorations, scrapbooks and so much more.

Retro Fashion -- Clothes from Mid Century

Purple plaid dress clip art courtesy of Velma's Retro Clip Art and Images.
See the link below to download it.

Purple plaid dress clip art courtesy of Velma's Retro Clip Art and Images. See the link below to download it.

Retro Fashion Clip Art - Where did they get those tiny waists!?

Quiz Kids -- I think this image would make great placemats.

Quiz Kids -- I think this image would make great placemats.

Quiz Kids -- I think this image would make great placemats.

Clip Art of People from 1940s to 1960s

Retro People Clip Art

A happy fifites housewife with milk 
courtesy of Velma's Retro Clip Art and Images.
See the link below to download this retro clip art.

A happy fifites housewife with milk courtesy of Velma's Retro Clip Art and Images. See the link below to download this retro clip art.

Cartoon Clip Art - Line drawings of retro stuff

Astronaut boy cartoon/line drawing clip art. Courtesy of Velma's Retro Clip Art and Images. 
Visit the Web site to download this clip art (link below).

Astronaut boy cartoon/line drawing clip art. Courtesy of Velma's Retro Clip Art and Images. Visit the Web site to download this clip art (link below).

Line Drawings of Retro Clip Art - Simple black and white images of yesteryear

Retro Comic Books and Graphics

Use Retro Clip Art in Crafts

I decoupaged this retro woman (an old dictionary page) onto a flameless candle. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood

I decoupaged this retro woman (an old dictionary page) onto a flameless candle. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Craft Projects - How to use retro clip art

  • *The Graphics Fairy LLC*: Crafty Project - Morris Nest and Egg Gift Bag - Plus Instant Art Printable
    'm so excited to share with you this project, and even more excited to share with you this image!! This weeks crafty project is this cute burlap nest and egg gift bag. (Note: Use one of these retro clip art pieces linked here in place of the nest and
  • Jar Crafts
    I usually recycle my glass jars, but I also tend to keep a whole bunch of them for crafts. Glass jars, of course, are great for storing things. For one thing, glass jars are clear so you can see what's inside making them perfect vessels for all sorts
  • How to Decoupage Flameless Candles
    Instead of using flameless candles plain as they come when you buy them, learn how to decoupage flameless candles to dress them up. These candles make great hostess or teacher gifts or use them in your home to decorate with just the right touch, made
  • Matcbox Crafts
    Use retro graphics to dress up matchboxes and matchbooks.
  • The Graphics Fairy - Crafts: Mod Podged Cake Pan
    My friend Erin, from My Very Educated Mother, came up with this darling idea for decorating a Cake Pan. Isn't it soo cute?!! Erin used the Fancy Dessert Graphic and Decoupaged it onto the tray with Mod Podge. (NOTE: Use a retro clip art image to make
  • Fun Personalized Note Cards -- SC Johnson -- Family Economics
    Use retro clip art and graphics to make your own note cards.
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Craft Supplies to Use with Retro Clip Art - Stock up and get crafting!

Decoupage a retro clip art image to so many things. Make retro dish towels, totes, and pillow with fabric transfer sheets. Make your own note cards with fun retro clip art.

Retro Tote Bag

Take a look at this cute retro tote bag from The Graphics Fairy! Isn't it great!

Make your own with some of the graphics shown here to create a bag all your own.

Visit Meg at Mega Crafty for instructions on making this fun bag. Meg also offers lots of fun retro graphics and another bag she made using 1950s atomic symbols.

Crafty tote courtesy of MegaCrafty.com and The Graphics Fairy.

Crafty tote courtesy of MegaCrafty.com and The Graphics Fairy.

Plain Totes for Crafting Your Unique Bag

Make retro tote bags for gift bags, party favors, or gifts.

More Clip Art

Anatomy Clip Art
The human body has all sorts of parts that lend themselves to crafts. For instance, who among us hasn't traced their hand to make a Thanksgiving turkey?

Circus Clip Art
As a child, I have to admit, I thought about joining the circus. I mean, I would get to hang around clowns and animals all day.

Clip Art for Teachers
This clip art for teachers includes a little something for everyone. Brighten your classroom and assignments with clip art! Some of the quaint vintage graph...

Floral Clip Art
When you want to dress up your newsletters or invitations or greeting cards, this floral clip art will add just the right touch.

Free Silhouette Clip Art
Silhouettes are images outlined and filled in with dark material, usually black, that are presented against a white or light background.

Free Transportation Clip Art
Free transportation clip art will get you there, for free! If you need images and graphics of cars, boats, airplanes, trains, bicycles.

Music Clip Art
Music clip art is as varied as the types of music. There is sheet music clip art, the ever-lovable animals making music, musical notes, and images...

Steampunk Clip Art
Steampunk clip art can make your craft projects and graphic design pop! The term "steampunk" came about in the 1980s and refers to design that is ...

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How will you use your Retro Clip Art?

SteveKaye on May 05, 2013:

I've bought a lot of clip art. And this looks cool. Thank you for publishing this lens.

BrickExpert on February 07, 2013:

I might incorporate these into graphic design projects.

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on November 29, 2012:

I love these retro clip art ideas and can think of a lens on my darciefrench account where I could use some of them. Very cool!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 24, 2012:

I always enjoy vintage commercial art like these retro images you've collected here. Fun to see.

microbio on November 22, 2012:

Amazing lens, love it :)

VspaBotanicals on November 20, 2012:

Wonderful!

RinchenChodron on November 10, 2012:

Some great resources listed here. Thanks

kathryn-gillespie on October 04, 2012:

I'm really Retro. Love the clip art. Nice lens!

Stacy Birch on August 31, 2012:

I'm from the 80s, but I really think this stuff is cute and cool.

anonymous on August 19, 2012:

I to back to the 50's, so I remember some of this stuff from those days...they just give a nice homespun feel that we can all have with your amazing collection of retro clip art....so its back with the old to make something new, fun!

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on August 13, 2012:

This is a gorgeous collection of clip art. I may get booed, but I think the clothing from the mid fifties was much nicer than we wear now.

anonymous on August 11, 2012:

Love all things vintage... :)

anonymous on August 07, 2012:

This is useful for making cool , kitschy stuff! Thanks.

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on August 02, 2012:

I love old ads and artwork! It is a challenge for me to incorporate it into art projects because I love it so much as is. :)

antoniow on July 24, 2012:

Fantastic lens, great job! Squidlike

TapIn2U on June 27, 2012:

I love retro! They remind me so much of good memories. Sundae ;-)

CCGAL on June 27, 2012:

I like to use retro clip art when writing about anything retro or vintage. This is the best collection of retro clip art I've seen - you KNOW I'm bookmarking it and sharing. :) Nice job! Thanks so much!!!

sunny saib on June 16, 2012:

don't know yet.. but i have seen great lenses with retro clip art complimenting them so so well..

RadaFrancis LM on June 16, 2012:

wow, I love all of the retro stuff you have on this lens!

Patricia on June 10, 2012:

These are great for retro!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on June 10, 2012:

The Graphics Fairy is one of my favorite clip art links!

sheezie77 on June 10, 2012:

Very useful lens for me, thank you for sharing!

BlogsWriter on June 07, 2012:

I love things that are old, vintage and retro, they remind me of the old beautiful things.

TerryNeal on June 07, 2012:

great source for images for my lens.

I like it.

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bossypants on June 03, 2012:

From one retro chick to another -- nice lens! I prefer "retro" to "vintage." When I worked in a scrapbook store and they had the 1970s era stickers in the "vintage" section, I was a bit perturbed.

poldepc lm on May 31, 2012:

this lens is cool...I think, I'm also already becoming a liitle bit retro...lol...But, retro is sexy, or not? thx for sharing...interesting to read

marsha32 on May 30, 2012:

This is really neat! I need some with items from the 1980s.

Joan Haines on May 28, 2012:

P.S. Stop saying you're old.

Joan Haines on May 28, 2012:

I already grabbed some of this for Squidoo lenses. Thanks so much. I'm bookmarking this, and "Squid Angel blessing" it too.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on May 20, 2012:

I love the retro shirtwaist dresses. Sure wish my waist was that small. lol

cynthiannleighton on May 20, 2012:

For smiles:-) I enjoyed your lens. Astro Boy's my favorite!

anonymous on May 11, 2012:

This is going to be one of the best retro clip art

gottaloveit2 on May 10, 2012:

Wow! You are certainly the queen of retro clip art! Now, if I could just get writing so I could use some of it...

kimark421 on May 09, 2012:

These were great! As a child of the 60s, I LOVE retro. Thanks!

MBradley McCauley on April 29, 2012:

Don't have a need at the moment but will be using it in various lenses and I know my It's All About Romance will use it when I do the short romantic stories, some of them go back in time. Thanks for a great lens. Learning a lot from the master lens makers.

Mary Stuart on April 25, 2012:

I love retro images. They're fun to use in posters, collages, and other artwork.

Brandi from Maryland on April 15, 2012:

A lot of those retro fashions are coming back into style... I love the 50's housewife dresses! ;)

anonymous on April 15, 2012:

these are so retro.

glowchick on April 14, 2012:

Great lens~ I love the flameless candle with the decoupage dictionary page, very unique!

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