Vintage Owl Illustrations in the Public Domain

People are crazy for owls (well, I am).  For a second there, I thought hedgehogs were going to take over indefinitely in the gift shop world.  But alas, vintage owls are still the kings of antique inspired stationery, gifts, and vintage inspired art.  The turn of the century brought a fantastic collection of scientific owl illustrations, postcards, and more unique Victorian era greetings.  Many of these vintage images have been immortalized in postcards, canvas prints, stationery, notebooks, and even jewelry.

Did You Know?

That the owl symbolizes intuition, and the “ability to see what others cannot see.”.  The owl also symbolizes wisdom, change, and a messenger or ‘announcer’ of death.  If you want to read more about this stuff, check out this article on spirit animals.

Owls can turn their head 270 degrees due mostly in part to having 14 vertebrae.

Owls are actually more closely related to hummingbirds

Cannibalism has been seen in owls

Owls don’t have eye balls, but rather fixed tubes that prevent owls from moving and rolling their eyes.

1 thought on “Vintage Owl Illustrations in the Public Domain”

  1. Thank you so much for these wonderful images. I am working on a journal about owls and will look forward to featuring many of them. Thanks again!

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