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Free Vintage Educational Posters of Adolphe Millot & Others

There are several collections of vintage educational posters on Pictureboxblue. They are all in the Public Domain and free to download and print. The most popular posters are by the French natural illustrator and entomologist Adolphe Millot.

I have gathered these old educational posters in one place, so it is easier to find them. Most of these illustrations are from old encyclopedias and natural history dictionaries. There are a few geographical posters in the collection too.

70 plus free vintage educational posters collection

The Adolphe Millot Poster Collection

You will probably recognize the beautiful detailed natural history posters of Adolphe Phillope Millot. His posters were wonderful classifications of natural history groups within the animal and plant kingdom.

He is probably most famous for his flowers (fleurs) and insect vintage educational posters. Adolphe Millot also drew a wonderful set of sealife posters, botanicals, and fungi.

Millots illustrated many of the natural history sections of the French encyclopedic dictionary Le Petit Larousse, and The Nouveau Larousse illustré. These French publications were printed in several volumes between 1897-1907.

You are more likely to come across Adolphe Millots illustrations printed on decorative objects such as posters, gift wraps, and tea-towels.

Before the internet, film, and photography, the only way to show the amazing visual wonders of the natural world was through illustration. The vintage drawings and paintings were incredibly important to the development of science and education.

These wonderful artistic illustrations filled natural history books and illustrated encyclopedias. Many also ended up as classroom posters to inspire and educate.

The Vintage Educational Poster Collections

Click on the educational poster collection that you are interested in. Higher-resolution posters will be available to download for free.

I hoped you found educational posters in the collection above that you liked. There are many more beautiful free vintage posters on Pictureboxblue. Even though they might not be so educational, they would look great both in the classroom and at home.

Such as the fantastical fish of Louis Renard or the beautiful nature artform posters of Ernst Haeckel.

These include many of the vintage maps on the site, especially the hemisphere world maps. For fun, how about the colorful vintage circus posters or Japanese travel posters.

the complete Adolphe Millot collection


Wednesday 14th of June 2023

What dimensions are best for these posters to be printed?


Monday 26th of June 2023

I'd ask your local print shop what dimensions are best. The size of each poster is slightly different as I've got the highest resolution I could find for each one. Make sure you click the title above each poster to download the largest sizes.

Connie Smith

Friday 30th of September 2022

I was born in 63 and grew up with these on the walls of my schools. I've also seen them on stamps and encyclopedias. They are beautiful.


Saturday 1st of October 2022

Yes, they are beautiful posters. I miss old encyclopedia illustrations.