Download these 14 free printable vintage cactus illustrations – perfect for your Southwest decor!
A few years ago, my husband and I took several weeks to travel from Ohio to California and back. It was quite the road trip and we absolutely loved every minute of it. Our daughter was stationed on the USS Essex and they had been underway in preparation for going on deployment. We planned our trip to arrive in San Diego about the same time as she would be arriving into port.
We absolutely loved our visit with our daughter and our stay at Rancho Los Coches RV Park. We had a little pop-up camper and it worked amazingly well for us on that little road trip. If you’ve never ventured cross country, I would highly recommend it! Take your time. See the country. Relax. And definitely take an air-conditioned pop-up camper with you. It was easy to tow, easy to setup and completely comfortable.
In fact, we put that air conditioner to the test with our stay in Las Vegas. 110 degrees outside, parked in a concrete RV park, with absolutely no shade anywhere. We stayed perfectly cool in our little pop-up camper. That RV park, by the way, was located in the parking lot of the Main Street Station Casino – right in the heart of old Las Vegas. The restrooms at that casino campground were very clean. (Just a little side note.)
We saw some amazing sites on that road trip. We camped right at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. We witnessed a sand storm across the salt flats and even drove on the historic Route 66 near Amarillo, Texas where we saw Cadillac Ranch. Now, that’s a sight you don’t see every day!
But, still, as far as scenery and weather and just pure awe struck, Utah was all that and so much more. We stopped at Bryce Canyon National Park and actually spent a few days exploring that area. Did I mention Utah is amazing? Go there!
As I think about summer, I can’t help but think about that amazing road trip. To be honest, we weren’t crazy about some parts of our trip – sorry, Kansas. But we were especially fond of the southwest. Nothing quite reminds me of the southwest as cactus. So, today, I’m sharing some more vintage illustrations that I found in the public domain of The New York Public Library Digital Collections.
14 Vintage Cactus Illustrations
If you love the southwest, live in the southwest or just love southwest décor, cactus or succulents, then you’re gonna love these 14 vintage cactus illustrations.
I modified these images from the originals. I tried to remove as much of the yellowed background as I could. Some images will have some splotchy-ness in the background. But, I figured that’s acceptable for a vintage illustration. If you want to use the original, feel free to visit the NYPL and download the file in the size of your preference.
How to Print
These 14 images have all been optimized to print on a standard 8-1/2”x11” sheet of paper or cardstock. Once printed, simply trim the images down to fit into an 8”x10” frame or mat. The perfect size, I think, for most home décor projects.
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More Vintage Illustrations
If you like vintage illustrations, you’ve definitely come to the right place! Here on The Birch Cottage blog, I’ve curated an entire collection of vintage botanicals, airplanes, fish, prints, note cards, Christmas cards and more!
Thanks for going on this little desert inspired road trip with me. I hope you enjoy this collection of 14 printable vintage cactus illustrations.
Til next time…