Hillstock Quality Pledge
been a pioneer in the niche of vintage image licensing:
Hillstock has been selling vintage images online since early
2002. As we've expanded our offerings over the years we've always
stayed true to our founding principles of honesty, integrity and
do not strive to be the largest or cheapest collection online: We're
well aware of the microstock
craze where anyone with a camera or scanner can upload images for
licensing- everything we have is from our own original sources.
We also realize our pricing is not for every budget, but we believe
in the old proverb that you get what you pay for. Everything we
scan gets "cleaned up" and enhanced. Also, your time is
money, and we save you both by picking out the best of our best
to offer you so that there is no need to spend hours sorting through
only use original art sources in our possession: The image
sources we bring to you literally span generations of collecting
since Hillstock owner Averyl Hill's grandmother is herself a lifetime
collector. Additionally, our home state of Maine is well known for
its antique shops, old estate sales, auctions, flea markets and
other places for acquiring authentic vintage art sources. If we're
not busy at work in our design studio we're most likely out treasure
hunting to find the best images for your projects. We store our
sources at an undisclosed climate controlled archive and maintain
a catalog of source material. Try asking a vintage clip art or stock
image vendor if they can take a picture of the original source art.
only use legally & ethically acquired art sources:
Intellectual property law is something we take very seriously. We
research the copyright status before we will add an image to our
stock collection or use in a unique design. If there's any doubt
on our part, we don't use it. No exceptions. We will not take images
from The Library of Congress online archive and then repackage them
to charge you a licensing fee which is a practice that sadly we've
seen done. We invite you to conduct
your own searches if ever in doubt!
use gleaming new technology: While we love vintage images
we're certainly not luddites! The technology we use to digitize
our vintage image sources is the best we can offer and we print
our images at advertised sizes in-house for testing purposes to
ensure we approve of what we offer you.
offer high quality stock images: We do not offer low-res
pixilated junk. While we do offer multi-media resolutions, our print
resolution images are clearly marked with both pixels per inch and
print size so you can make educated buying decisions. We will never
simply resize an image with software- all print sizes are scanned
in directly at advertised sizing.
give back to the community: Since its inception, Hillstock
has sponsored a cage for a year at our local animal shelter, was
a national corporate sponsor of Toys for Tots in 2005, has donated
art to decorate the rooms of residents at the Scarborough, Maine
veterans home and provided stock images for the marketing of the
historic Victoria Mansion in Portland. These are but a few examples.
can speak to the owner: Hillstock doesn't hide behind private
domain registrations or withhold a telephone number to contact us.
Have a concern or question- please call us at 207-415-6459. That's
EST in Maine. If we can't take your call please leave us a message
and the owner, Averyl Hill, will get back to you.