Source of Photos of Vintage Items or Crafts

I wanted some photos of vintage feedsack material and of dresses made from that fabric. Although I had the one below that I took at a quilt show, I wanted more examples of feedsack dresses and quilts and fabric.

Quilt pieces from vintage feedsacks.
Quilt pieces from vintage feedsacks.

It hadn’t occurred to me before, but as I browsed around on Etsy, I saw the perfect photos to illustrate my articles. Of course, one can’t just rip-off the photos and use them on your own articles.

I approached three Etsy sellers and politely asked if I could feature their item on my article. All three of them responded in the affirmative, giving me permission to use their photo with a link to their page.

To see how this turned out, you can see the Etsy photos on my pages called Feedsack Dresses and Tea Cup Flower Arrangements. I think they really brighten the pages up. In the past, I had permission from several eBay sellers to use photos of their auction item which happened to fit some of my pages about collectibles.

Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • Ask nicely and if turned down, accept that graciously
  • Keep the email granting permission (in case of future issues)
  • Place the photo on your web page with a credit telling who the photo belongs to. Link the photo to their product on Etsy.
  • Both parties benefit from this. I get a great photo to use and they get some free publicity and backlinks.
  • In the case of photos on Hubpages, you can only use 2 links to the same place. Where I used more than 2 photos from Etsy, I put them in a series with one link for the batch.

My Favorite Tool for Screenshots

Somehow I never figured out how to get decent screenshots from my computer. It frustrated me as I really wanted to use those in tutorials on my webpages and blogs.

Then I found Awesome Screenshots and downloaded it for free. It resides on my Firefox toolbar or shows up as an option when I left-click my mouse.

1850 United States Federal Census - wrong abraham bates
1850 United States Federal Census – wrong abraham bates

What’s so awesome about Awesome Screenshots? The example above is one I used on my Finding Your Civil War Ancestor blog. It’s a screenshot of the U.S. Census from 1850.

I love being able to crop from a website, circle or box things I want to feature, then add text and arrows. It makes it very clear to your reader and looks so professional.

Did I mention that it’s FREE? You can make a donation at the site and I just might do that, as it is a tremendous tool for any blogger or online content writer or just anyone who uses the Internet.

Check it out at Awesome Screenshot.