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North Wind Picture Archives

North Wind Picture Archives brings history to life with stock images and hand-colored illustrations

Historical pictures tell a story. Like us, people in the past have responded to events with inventiveness, courage, devotion, prejudice, violence, and the whole range of action and emotion we see in our own lives and times. We offer historical prints for your wall or as unique gifts.

Families facing the isolation of a new land, angry colonists in desperate rebellion, the determination of escaping slaves. Our stock photography brings you to historical places. Animation and stock video footage bring you these experiences in motion.

Above all, we present the dignity of all humans, no matter what their social position or geographical location. Welcome to the past. We think you'll feel at home

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Abraham Lincoln

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Marco Polo leaving Venice, 1300s

: Sports:recreation

Sports:recreation Collection
58 Items

: World places:historical views

World places:historical views Collection
80 Items

: Trains & automobiles

Trains & automobiles Collection
54 Items

: US places:historical views

US places:historical views Collection
321 Items

: Ships:sea history

Ships:sea history Collection
188 Items

: Royals:rulers

Royals:rulers Collection
95 Items

: Science:invention

Science:invention Collection
185 Items

: Presidents:First Ladies

Presidents:First Ladies Collection
188 Items

: Religion

Religion Collection
241 Items

: New York City

New York City Collection
106 Items

: Occupations

Occupations Collection
67 Items

: Pioneers

Pioneers Collection
190 Items

: Native Americans

Native Americans Collection
441 Items

: Myth:legend

Myth:legend Collection
46 Items

: Music & art

Music & art Collection
92 Items

: Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Collection
50 Items

: Government:politics

Government:politics Collection
80 Items

: Military history

Military history Collection
128 Items

: Mideast history

Mideast history Collection
64 Items

: Holidays:celebrations

Holidays:celebrations Collection
50 Items

: Maps

Maps Collection
219 Items

: Literature & theater

Literature & theater Collection
138 Items

: Home life

Home life Collection
158 Items

: Landscapes:wilderness

Landscapes:wilderness Collection
95 Items

: Latin America:Caribbean

Latin America:Caribbean Collection
155 Items

: India & Asia

India & Asia Collection
102 Items

: Fashion

Fashion Collection
46 Items

: Farming:agriculture

Farming:agriculture Collection
68 Items

: French history

French history Collection
117 Items

: Food:drink

Food:drink Collection
119 Items

: Exploration

Exploration Collection
287 Items

: European history

European history Collection
221 Items

: Civil War (US)

Civil War (US) Collection
238 Items

: Canadian history

Canadian history Collection
109 Items

: Business:commerce

Business:commerce Collection
67 Items

: British history

British history Collection
209 Items

: Black history

Black history Collection
19 Items

: Animals:wildlife

Animals:wildlife Collection
60 Items

: Ancient history

Ancient history Collection
338 Items

: American history

American history Collection
280 Items

: American West

American West Collection
202 Items

: American Revolution

American Revolution Collection
428 Items

: Africa history

Africa history Collection
85 Items

: Images Dated

Images Dated Collection
5,379 Items

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