Can you resell public domain drawings and photographs?
However, you can't copyright public domain images. That is, you can't stop anyone else from copying, and selling, a public domain image. So, if you have, for example, a map of Phoenix from 1885 (like the one pictured), you can write *copyright* all over it on your website, but it's meaningless. This map, which is from The Library of Congress, is free to be used by anyone.
And here is a larger version of this image of Phoenix, Arizona Territory in 1885. You can give it away, or sell it. You just can't stop anyone else from doing it.
Posted by Brad Hall