Obsession of the Moment: New York Public Library Digital Library

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Did you know that the New York Public Library has a digital archive of 600,000 illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, and printed ephemera, including illustrations from the John James Audubon. Ok, now get this! Many of these images can be purchased straight from the site, so you can have a print of an Audubon for a fraction of the cost -- starting at $30. I already went out and purchased the two items above -- you may remember the image on the right from my ColourLovers post.

Not only can you purchase the prints, but you can crop the images to your liking before they're printed...If you don't like all the extra space surrounding the image below, you could crop those out in the purchasing window.

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Or you can zoom in on a specific item you like in the photograph.

We love this new feature as it's an inexpensive and easy way to get vintage illustrations and photographs on your walls. Just head over to Ikea to get some cheap frames, design your own customized matting at PictureFrames.com, and you're good to go.

Images: NYPL

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