Postcard Art - Sharing beautiful, fun and entertaining images of historic 1900s America

Our goal at Vintage American is to share with you our love of American history and art. We are focused on the popular art of the late 1800s through early 1900s in America. Postcards, advertising cards, magazines, and some books were the items that the average American could see and buy. This age was the start of mass printed items. However, many prints were still individually hand colored by artists giving each card its own, unique look. Popular artists and printers were Currier and Ives, Ellen Clappsaddle and others.

Cat in Pumpkin Cute Vintage Halloween Postcard

This very cute and adorable Ellen Clapsaddle vintage Halloween postcard shows a cat sitting in a carved pumpkin head. The cat looks as if it just got caught and is trying to look perfectly innocent, as cats will do. But, this little mischievous Halloween cat not only has the resigned expression of one who has […]

State Capitol in Albany, NY at Night Time Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard, which is rather spooky looking, actually is a view of the New York State Capitol at night time in 1900. This building still stands today and is the capitol building of the State of New York in Albany, NY. The construction of the building, which began in 1867 was finally completed in […]

Cat and Owl in Moonlight Vintage Halloween Postcard

This vintage Halloween postcard shows a black cat sitting primly with an owl on a tree branch with a full moon behind them. Both cat and owl are wide-eyed, with the cat jauntily wearing a black witches hat. The antique postcard says, Halloween Greetings Just about now the ghosts are due Beware – I see […]

Pumpkins at Cards Vintage Halloween Postcard

These Halloween pumpkins are getting their courage up for the haunted Halloween night ahead by playing a hand of cards. Another signed Ellen Clapsaddle Halloween card, she not only shows the pumpkins intent at their card game, but explains their game in this poem: Hearts for Love, Diamonds for Riches. Spades for Lands, And Clubs […]

Arizona vintage postcard of the Painted Desert

Painted Desert Arizona Vintage Postcard

The original postcard is dated 1949 and says: “Painted Desert. Here Nature wielded a reckless brush, painting the sands of the mountain sides to glorious hues. On Highway 66 (the historic Rte. 66), near Holbrook, Arizona.” The Painted Desert takes its name from the colors of grays, reds, oranges, yellows and pink visible for miles […]

Very Funny vintage Arizona Desert Postcard

Funny Arizona Desert Vintage Postcard

This very funny postcard from the 1930’s not only shows the beautiful mauves, purples, and orange colors of the desert, but also shows a tolerant donkey expressing his opinion of life in the desert carrying the mining supplies of his owner. The original card says: Q. Don’t your remember the desert, old pal The desert […]

Vintage Grand Canyon Postcard

Grand Canyon Vintage Postcard

This postcard shows a view of the sunset over the Grand Canyon. It is taken from the west rim of the drive near Mancopa Point, looking eastward over the Canyon just at the close of day, as recorded by this new color Kodachrome camera! (written in 1946) The glory of sunset at the Grand Canyon […]

Vintage Arizona Postcard of the Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest Arizona Vintage Postcard

This postcard, circa 1940, shows the Petrified Forest in Arizona, where are found vast deposits of petrified wood from the size of a marble to trees, more than two hundred feet in length. The forest comprises many thousands of acres all accessible from Holbrook, Arizona. Holbrook is located on the main line of the Santa […]