Fancy Letter I Images

If you had asked me before I started assembling fancy letter I images for my other site, ReusableArt.com, I would have never guessed that the letter I was so frequently used to start chapters in books. It currently has the 2nd highest amount of vintage letter I images on that site.

In time, I hope that the selection of fancy letter I images on FreeVintageArt.com will come to rival the list on ReusableArt.com.

All of the letter I images here are in the public domain according to American copyright law. Most were published between 1895 and 1922. Much like we use stock photos today, publishers purchased letter sets from print foundries. When I have found several letters from the same set in a work, I have included links to where you can find those other letters.

Public Domain Fancy Letter I Images


For a Silly Syclopedia, it sure had a nice group of drop cap letters. They all had black backgrounds with curlicues and leaves. Published in 1905.

(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z)


Yougo-Slavia was published in 1918 and included a lacy and decorated letter I image. Could be used as is or colorized.

(D, H, I, O, W)


An undated German work, which has been listed as public domain by Gutenberg.org, Bekentenissen had letters similar to others we’ve seen but the letter itself was filled in black.

(A, B, E, G, I, S, T)


Fantastic vintage letter I from a book about western resorts from 1891. The illustration has the letter I, a wheel-like motif and a pair of daisies.

A bit of art deco flair adorns this drop cap I image from 1912. The letter itself is black, the background is tan and both are decorated with bunches of flowers and thin leaves.

(A, C, I, M, O, T, W)


Emblematic Illumination; or Forms, Colours and Emblems by Anonymous

(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, V, W, Y)


Emblematic Illumination; or Forms, Colours and Emblems by Anonymous

(A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, T, V, W, Y)


One of 16 letters from a set, this fancy letter I is from several editions of an early 20th century magazine.

(A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, N, O, P, S, T, W, and Y)

medieval letter I illustrationFound in a 1911 translation of an old French story book. Pretty letter I with medieval styling.

( A, G, N, O, S, T and W.

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