Originally Posted by robbie
copyrights run out eventually. That is why there have been so many incarnations of mickey mouse. My friend and I were going to make t-shirts w/ an old mickey mouse dressed in hitler youth garb.
I think you placing these pictures on your wall should be of no consequence.
Actually, Mickey Mouse is part of the reason the US copyright timeframe has risen to a ridiculous 95 years - every time Mickey gets near being released into the public domain, Disney spends millions of dollars lobbying for further extensions to the copyright term - raising it to 75 years in 1976, then 95 in 1998. I predict that in 2018 there will be another raise to 115 years.
You can produce parody images under fair use provisions of the law, but if the image gets too popular, be prepared to defend it in court - you may win, but it's a lot of money to spend on defending a joke t-shirt.
However, if it's just you and some friends making a t-shirt to wear around town you'll probably get away with it.
The original poster should be fine with duplicating an image for personal, non-commercial use (again, fair use) - although I have heard of incidents where people have been turned away from photo labs for having images that look "too professional" or attempting to copy commercial images without documents proving they have permission to duplicate them.
OP won't get his door kicked in for copying out of old books, but he may have to try a couple of outlets to find one who'll copy the image for him.