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Does anyone know of a source for 50s patterns?

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1950s-era patterns of what? Clothing? Wallpaper? General retro styles? –  Dori Apr 24 '11 at 23:47

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FREE - One of the best resources for free and paid retro from the 50's through 70's is Tack-O-Rama. Plenty of clip-art, fonts and tiles for backgrounds

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Ten seconds of googleing found me this:

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1236&bih=762&q=free+1950s+patterns&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

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Not sure they were looking for sewing patterns ;o) –  DA01 Apr 25 '11 at 16:55

Dover publications are the long-time go-to source for historic imagery in reproducible formats:

http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-clip-art-and-design-on-cd-rom.html?_s_icmp=XDxPnsR1

Veer also has plenty of stock art collections including patterns:

http://tinyurl.com/43fydv7

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I don't believe that any of those are free. –  Dori Apr 25 '11 at 3:06
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Ah, I missed the 'free' part--not that the above are expensive. –  DA01 Apr 25 '11 at 5:17

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