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.
This vintage postcard shows the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ in 1939. It is a 1000 ft. long pier in Atlantic City that offers a boardwalk with family amusement park for visitors. It has been in existence since 1898. In 1904 it was destroyed by storm and rebuilt. Besides being a fun place for […]
The Havoline Thermometer was part of the 1933 International Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. As the Worlds Largest Thermometer, it was a very large advertisement Havoline Motor Oil. Twenty-one stories (218 ft.) high it showed the temperature by neon light tubes. The original postcards says, “Sponsored by Indian Refining Company, Lawrenceville, Ill. makers of WAXFREE HAVOLINE […]
This vintage postcard from 1903 shows Surf Avenue on Coney Island which is part of New York State. Coney Island is famous as a vacation recreation area for those living in and near New York City, NY. Originally it was a separate outer barrier island off Brooklyn, NY. But it has been connected to the […]
Summer Lakes and Rivers
This vintage Niagara Falls postcard is dated 1942, showing a view of both the Horseshoe and American falls from the Niagara River Gorge entrance. If you look closely you can see the old Maid of the Mist boats in the water. Notice the white water and eddies created by the force of water from the […]
One wonders why a postcard like this was printed? What do Niagara Falls and Coke Ovens in Pennsylvania have to do with each other? Interestingly, in the early 1900s, this type of postcard was not unusual. Postcards were often advertisements to promote America in different ways. This vintage postcard is actually a promotion of not […]
This vintage postcard shows the Buffalo, New York Harbor on Lake Erie in 1900. Buffalo has been a transportation and industrial center since the 1800s. Situated on the eastern end of Lake Erie, the city serves as an inland port to the rest of the state of New York. The Welland Ship Canal and St. […]
This vintage Niagara Falls Postcard from 1910 shows the American Falls and the International Railway Bridge across the Niagara River. The International Railway Bridge, built in 1873 by the International Bridge Company, allows trains to cross the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The construction of this bridge at this point […]
This vintage postcard shows Main Street in Ralston, Pennsylvania in 1900. This is a quaint view of a time when the roads where not paved and wood frame houses with front porches lined the streets. A couple is out in Victorian dress in this mid-winter Main Street view of 1900. The town of Ralston, situated […]
Grey Hair was the only grey haired warrior of the Crow Nation at the time this picture was taken – circa 1900.
The original postcard shows a view of Chicago, Illinois in 1833 from a painting which is signed “Widney” done in 1903. This may be Gustavus C. Widney an illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post during that time. Today most are familiar with Chicago as a bustling metropolis on the adjacent land to Lake Michigan. But […]
The Old Faithful Inn, in Upper Geyser Basin, was so named because of its proximity to Old Faithful Geyser. From the veranda of this huge log structure there may be seen at close range the hourly eruptions of Old Faithful Geyser, as well as displays of many other nearby geysers. Old Faithful Inn and geyser […]