Archive from the Library of Congress, includes many historical photographs and film stills.
Search for images on Flickr released for use under a Creative Commons license.
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Almost 3,000 high-resolution images scanned from publi domain books. Includes illustrations, borders, decorative elements, and alphabets.
Stock photography provided free for all uses, including commercial.
Images scanned from the vast collection and archives of the New York Public Library.
US Dept. of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a searchable database of photographs, micrographs, and illustrations relating to public health.
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