Vintage algebra textbook pages and illustrations make unique wall art for homes, offices, and classrooms. They’re perfect for a wide variety of classroom materials, including worksheets, study guides, syllabi, websites, and digital presentations. Antique math book pages are also great for a wealth of DIY projects, including greeting cards, home decor, decoupage, art/junk journals, and scrapbooking.
You know that I’m crazy about the aesthetic of vintage books, including dictionaries, hymn books, and textbooks. The format of vintage textbooks is so different from the layout of modern textbooks. Old textbooks are also full of hand-drawn illustrations. You can’t find anything like it today.
I’ve created free printables for 20 full vintage algebra textbook pages, with separate 8×10 formats specifically for wall art. I’ve also made eight graphs, 10 geometric problems, and five hand-drawn illustrations of famous mathematicians available separately. Enjoy!
How to use vintage book pages and illustrations
Most likely, if you’re on the hunt for printable vintage algebra textbook pages and illustrations, you already have an idea for your home or classroom or are in the middle of a DIY project. If you’re simply searching for inspiration or looking for more ideas for your new printables, consider one or more of the following projects.
- DIY wall art. One of the most popular ways to use vintage book pages is to create your own wall art. I think that the vintage algebra textbook pages make great wall decor on their own for living rooms, home offices, classrooms, and more. You can also overlay virtually any PNG or transparent background image onto an antique book page to create simple, one of a kind wall decor.
- Classroom materials. Vintage textbook pages and illustrations make awesome additions to all sorts of classroom materials, including but not limited to, worksheets, syllabi, bulletin boards, websites, study guides, and digital presentations.
- Glass or bottle cap magnets, using the technique that I perfected for my sheet music glass magnets.
- Greeting cards. Antique book pages make beautiful backgrounds for a wide range of homemade greeting cards. I love this concept for teacher thank you cards, in this case, especially math teacher cards. Hand-drawn illustrations can also serve as backgrounds or decorative elements for handmade cards.
- Tile coasters, using the technique that I developed for my vintage sheet music botanical coasters. You can leave the pages as is or overlay them with illustrations or quotes.
- Art journals or mixed media projects. Layer stamps, ink, paint, and more over vintage book pages to create art/junk journal pages or mixed media art pieces.
- Scrapbooking. Old book pages make whimsical backgrounds for both physical and digital scrapbooks. Vintage book pages are also perfect for DIY scrapbook embellishments.
About the free vintage algebra textbook pages and illustrations
I’ve created the following types of printables for you.
- Original ratio full book pages. The original ratio pages are exactly as I saved them after I scanned and edited them. You get complete control over exactly how you’d like to crop and format the pages for varying materials and projects.
- 8×10 format pages, with and without borders. I know that most readers arriving here for vintage book pages to create wall art want 8×10 format pages. I’ve created versions with and without borders to cater to different framing styles and preferred aesthetics.
- Graphs and geometric problems. I cropped a selection of graphs and geometric problems for small-scale artwork or stand-alone illustrations for all sorts of classroom materials and DIY projects.
- Famous mathematician illustrations. Finally, the vintage math book I used for this post includes hand-drawn illustrations of five famous mathematicians: Francois Vieta, John Wallis, Rene Descartes, Sir Isaac Newton, and Sir William Rowan Hamilton. These illustrations can serve as wall art in a classroom and can be used for numerous classroom materials.
The vintage algebra textbook pages and illustrations are for personal use only. You may download and print them as many times as you like, including for classroom use. Please don’t send the ZIP folders or download files directly. If family, friends, or co-workers are interested in their own printables, send them over to this post. Thank you!
Original format full book pages
The original format full book pages are exactly as I saved the pages after uploading and editing them. They give you the most control for cropping and formatting the pages exactly as you want them for different DIY projects and classroom materials. There are 20 pages in total.
8×10 format pages
Vintage textbook pages in 8×10 format are ready to print for easy, quick, unique wall art. I’ve created versions with and without borders. Depending on the aesthetic you want to achieve and the frame you choose for your art, you may prefer one version over the other. Again, there are 20 pages in total.
I’ve cropped eight graphs to use as stand-alone illustrations. Many of these graphs crop easily to a square format, which is also perfect for wall art and certain types of DIY projects, such as tile coasters.
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I’ve also cropped 10 geometric problems to use as stand-alone illustrations.
The vintage algebra textbook I have includes hand-drawn illustrations of five famous mathematicians: Francois Vieta, John Wallis, Rene Descartes, Sir Isaac Newton, and Sir William Rowan Hamilton.
Extracting and downloading the full ZIP folders
I’ve created ZIP folders for all of the vintage algebra textbook pages and illustrations. Zipped folders allow me to provide the highest-resolution images possible and to protect said images from potential theft. Extracting and downloading is an easy, straightforward process. Please note that it will take a bit of time to get each folder fully downloaded, especially the full page sets.
- When you click on the download link, select the Open with ZIP Extractor option at the top of the page.
- The folder will open in a new window. The files will download.
- Once the files have downloaded, click Extract Now.
- When the files have extracted and uploaded, click View Extracted Files.
- Double click on the folder.
- To download, select the files you’d like to download. Click the three horizontal dots More Actions button. Select Download.
- Follow the prompts on the download screen.
- I highly recommend moving your downloaded files out of your downloads folder and into your main photos folder. It’s a good idea to make another copy on an external hard drive or cloud storage drive as well. Make sure to keep your downloads in a folder labeled “Vintage Algebra Textbook Pages and Illustrations” or something similar, so you can find them easily.
You’re now ready to turn your antique math book pages and illustrations into wall art and classroom materials or print them for DIY and craft projects!
Printing vintage algebra textbook pages and illustrations
When you use antique book pages to create wall art, I highly recommend using Finestra Art paper, which is what I used to print the vintage dictionary pages featured above. The acid-free, matte surface dries ink quickly, creating crisp, rich images. Regular printer paper, presentation paper, and card stock do work. However, the results they produce aren’t as good. It’s worth spending a little more to create frame-worthy antique book page art.
For all other DIY and craft projects, I use white card stock. When you’re incorporating book pages and illustrations into greeting cards, scrapbook embellishments, and mixed media art, it’s not important that the pages look quite so vibrant. For magnets or tile coasters, you won’t be able to detect any difference under several coats of Mod Podge or diamond glaze. Depending on the specific project, you may even prefer a darker, rougher aesthetic to play up the vintage look.
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