Q: Are the advertisements in newspapers (pre-1923) in the Public Domain? Can they reproduced in a book?
Do a thorough check but many things from the 1920s and before are now in public domain.
BUT BE CAREFUL.
The actual words and postings from the newspaper may be public domain. IF YOU take them from a recent source, like a book, website, etc. THERE MAY BE a copyright covering the publication.
Like Shakespeare or the bible, the words are public domain, the editions, books, prints, etc have copyright protection.
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