I virtually stumbled over this incredible Public Domain book in two volumes on the Internet Archive a few weeks ago…
It’s called “The Ports, Harbours, Watering-Places, and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain” published in London in 1840.
While I expected to find a whole bunch of useful text content describing various landmarks of Great Britain from a historical perspective (which I did find in spades!), what I found along with this text almost took my breath away…
These books are crammed full of the most gorgeous black & white prints depicting the coastal life of Great Britain. Exactly as the title implies, what you’ll find in these books is print after beautiful print featuring the famous and historical ports, harbors, bridges, and sea towns of the largest of the British Isles.
Each print has accompanying narrative text that literally takes you on a journey through history “starting from the metropolis, and following the line of the Eastern coast of Great Britain as far northward as Banff, and then returning westward to the River Thames”.
The ways that the content from these two books can be spun into products and marketed is virtually endless. Just a few really obvious ideas right off the top of my head…
- Use the illustrations to produce high-resolution, finely detailed black & white prints marketed to both those with a historical interest in Great Britain and those with a historical interest in maritime history in general – these would make terrific unframed / framed prints and posters!
- Republish the content in book format and market it to both those with a historical interest in Great Britain and those with a historical interest in maritime history in general – people love these kinds of books and they sell very well!
- My favorite – do both! Really, why not? Don’t you think that the same people interested in the prints would buy the book if given the opportunity…and vice versa?
This stuff can be really simple if you let it be…
How many ideas can you think of for spinning content like this into new sources of revenue for yourself and new sources of delightment for your customers?
Samples of the prints from the two volumes:
(Click on any of the sample images below to view them in full-size, high-resolution 300 dpi format. Image will open in new window. You may have to click on the image again after it loads to get it to zoom to full size depending on what browser you are using…)
See what I mean? Awe inspiring…
More information about “The Ports, Harbours, Watering-Places, and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain” and it’s author and illustrators:
- Check out Volume One on the Internet Archive here.
- Check out Volume Two on the Internet Archive here.
- Learn more about author / artist, William Finden.
- Learn more about artist, W.H. Bartlett.
- Learn more about artist, J.D. Harding.
- Learn more about artist, T. Creswick.
You’ll find two special download links to download all 124 prints from “The Ports, Harbours, Watering-Places, and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain” in high-resolution 300 dpi…perfect for using these prints to create physical products like framed prints, posters, cards, physical book covers and more!
- Download All 62 Prints From “The Ports, Harbours, Watering-Places, and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Volume One” In High-Res 300 dpi Format! (33 MB)
- Download All 62 Prints From “The Ports, Harbours, Watering-Places, and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Volume Two” In High-Res 300 dpi Format ! (36 MB)
I originally offered offered all 124 high resolution 300dpi images at
$1 each totally $124. Which I think is a steal.
This site was on a server that crashed – and had no backup. Anywhere!!! I’ve recreated this site and have included New pricing!