This collection of vintage general chemistry laboratory manual pages features step-by-step lab directions and accompanying handwritten notes as well as six reference pages. It’s a one-of-a-kind vintage science ephemera collection!
General chemistry laboratory manual pages are a wonderful vintage set for anyone with a passion for science or who simply loves the aesthetic of vintage textbook and handwritten pages. Antique book pages are ideal for unique wall decor, including classroom wall art. They’re also perfect for an endless array of craft projects, including but not limited to, art/junk journals, home decor, greeting cards, scrapbooks, decoupage, and Christmas ornaments.
These chemistry lab manual pages come from the Laboratory Manual of General Chemistry by R. P. Williams. The only date in the book is 1888, which is when the book was entered according to the Act of Congress. Based on similar books I’ve found elsewhere, I would guess that this edition is a little newer, most likely from the 1920s or 1930s.
The Laboratory Manual of General Chemistry is just one of the free printable textbook page collections that I offer. Some of the other sets I have include beginner Latin, algebra, spelling, Second McGuffey’s Eclectic Reader, Third McGuffey’s Eclectic Reader, and elementary botany. I add more vintage printable collections regularly. If there’s anything you’d like to see here, please let me know!
I’m offering 12 full pages from the Laboratory Manual of General Chemistry with step-by-step lab instructions with 12 accompanying handwritten notes pages. I’m also offering six reference pages from the beginning of the manual. Additionally, I’m providing sets of ATC size cards and journal tags that I created with the lab manual pages. Enjoy!
How to use antique book pages
When you’re searching for vintage book pages, in most cases, you already have a plan for them. If you need some inspiration or are simply looking for more ideas for your new book page printables, think about one or more of the following projects.
- DIY wall decor. One of the most common ways to use old book pages is to make unique wall art. Vintage textbook pages are ideal for classrooms, libraries, and home offices. However, there is no limit to the way you can use antique book pages for one-of-a-kind wall decor. The pages can be displayed as is or overlaid with text and/or PNGs or transparent background images.
- Greeting cards. Antique book pages make perfect backgrounds and decorative components for a wide range of greeting cards.
- Glass or bottle cap magnets, using the technique that I honed for my sheet music magnets tutorial.
- Pendant necklaces, using the above technique but with pendant bails instead of magnets.
- Tile coasters. The technique I cover in my vintage sheet music botanical coasters tutorial works with any type of vintage paper. Coasters are another project that lends itself beautifully to text and/or image overlays.
- Christmas ornaments. I love the concept of using chemistry lab pages for science-themed Christmas ornaments. They’re perfect for your own tree, to give as gifts, and to sell at craft fairs and on Etsy.
- Art journals and other mixed media projects. Old book pages have become very popular for art/junk journals and other mixed media art. They’re beautiful on their own and layered with ink, stamps, paint, and more.
- Scrapbooking. Vintage book pages make ideal backgrounds and decorative elements for both physical and digital scrapbooks. They’re also perfect for DIY scrapbook embellishments.
About the general chemistry laboratory manual pages
You may use the lab manual pages, ATC cards, and journal tags for as many personal projects as you want, which includes classroom use. You may also use them for limited runs of commercial projects (5,000 items or less). Commercial use DOES NOT include made-to-order sites, such as Society6 and Redbubble. Digital commercial items must be finished, flat products (i.e., not Adobe Illustrator files) consisting of your original content. You’re not authorized to sell the lab manual pages, ATC cards, and journal tags, either as individual items or as part of larger collections.
Finally, please don’t distribute the download files. If friends, family, or co-workers would like their own textbook pages, ATC cards, or journal tags, please provide them with a link to this post, so they can download their own files. Thank you!
Full lab manual pages
I’m offering 30 full pages from the Laboratory Manual of General Chemistry. There are 12 step-by-step lab instruction pages with 12 accompanying handwritten notes pages. There are also six reference pages, including a list of apparatus for use, a diagram of the Boston English High School Laboratory, rules and suggestions for the laboratory, and a table of elements.
All of the pages are 2750 x 4265 pixels with 300 dpi resolution. I’ve split the full lab manual pages into five ZIP folders to give you large files in an easy-to-download format.
ATC-size digital collage sheet
I’ve created nine ATC size cards from the Laboratory Manual of General Chemistry pages collection. I’m providing them on a single 8.5″ x 11″ page for easy printing.
Please note: It gets confusing having a lot of white space in blog post images, which is why I added a black outline around the preview image for the 8.5″ x 11″ page. The digital collage sheet download below doesn’t have a black border.
I’ve created 12 journal tags from the lab manual pages. In addition to art/junk journals and scrapbooks, they’re ideal for numerous craft projects. Each tag measures 2.5″ x 4.2″ (750 x 1250 pixels). The journal tags ZIP folder has two 8.5″ x 11″ pages for easy printing.
Please note: Again, the preview image above has black outlines around the pages. The 8.5″ x 11″ pages in the download below don’t have black borders.
Extracting and downloading the full ZIP folders
I’ve created ZIP folders for all of the vintage textbook pages content that I feature in this post. Zipped folders enable me to provide high-resolution files for crisp, vibrant printing and to protect said files against potential theft. Extracting and downloading the ZIP folders from Google Drive is a pretty straightforward process. Please note that it does take a little time for each folder to download fully, especially the book 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 the folder.
- To download, select the files you’d like to download. Click the three horizontal dots More Actions button. Choose Download.
I strongly recommend moving your downloaded files out of your downloads folder and into your main photos folder. I also recommend making a backup copy of the files on an external hard drive or cloud storage drive. Label your folder “Laboratory Manual of General Chemistry Pages” or something similar, so you won’t have trouble finding them again in the future.
Now you’re ready to use your new vintage book page printables for wall decor and endless DIY projects!
Printing vintage book pages
When you use antique book pages to create unique wall art and other home decor, my personal recommendation for home printing is Finestra Art Paper. I choose Finestra every time because the paper features an acid-free, matte surface that dries ink quickly, producing crisp, vivid images. I prefer the results that I get with Finestra over regular printer paper, presentation paper, and card stock.
Aside from basic affiliate earnings, I don’t receive any compensation for promoting Finestra products. I’ve been using Finestra Art Paper to create prints for my own home and for blog posts for many years, and I’m always happy with the results.
For all other DIY and journaling projects, I use white card stock. When you’re printing old textbook pages for scrapbook embellishments, greeting cards, and mixed media art, it’s not as important that the images are really vibrant. When you’re creating any sort of project that involves multiple coats of Mod Podge or diamond glaze, such as glass magnets, pendant necklaces, and tile coasters, you won’t be able to tell the difference in the finish of the paper you’ve used. As such, it makes sense to use card stock, which is less expensive and still high-quality and very durable.
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