The Digital Chromist is a collection of restored ephemera from the the end of the Victorian Era (1880-1901) and Edwardian Era (1901-1910). They come from a variety of trade cards, calling cards, and postcards.

Reproductions of artwork during this era were created using lithography. Lithographs were created by drawing an image onto a smooth stone, treating with chemicals, and then printing on paper. With chromolithography, each color used in the image was separately drawn onto a stone or plate and applied to the paper one at a time. The chromist specialized in breaking down the colors needed to create the artist’s artwork.

As a digital chromist, I specialize in scanning, digitizing, retouching, and reconstruction this artwork. I have a digital collection of 3,000+ of these images and am always adding more.

Design ideas include elements for print and online marketing materials, home and office artwork, wedding stationary, baby shower invitations, Christmas cards, home decoration and gifts, apparel, etc.

Categories: flowers, birds, women, people, children, lovers, angels, Christmas, New Years, Valentines Day, Easter, patriotic, Halloween, Thanksgiving, dogs, cats, animals, bugs, butterflies, patterns, solid backgrounds, ornamental, boats, & landscapes.

In the United States, all materials published before 1928 are in the public domain as of 2023.

Each January 1, artwork made 95 years earlier will enter the public domain.