As well as photographs, film and video, other images can be of great use for the historian. Early postcards, whilst essentially photographs can also contain other information in the form of written messages. Paintings, sketches, and ephemera can all provide the historian with many opportunities for study.
The John Johnson collection is one of the most important collections of printed ephemera in the world. It was assembled by John de Monins Johnson between c.1923 and 1956 and comprises of over one million, primarily British items. It is held in the Bodleian Library with the majority of material dates from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries although some items date from the very early 16th century.
Line drawings were used in early publications to illustrate travel of historical articles.