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 […]

Vintage Halloween Postcard of the Cat Warning the Owl

Cat Warning the Owl Vintage Halloween Postcard

This vintage Halloween postcard shows a somewhat fraught cat screeching a warning to the wide-eyed owl in the tree: Beware! Take care! For Ghosts are seen on Halloween. Of course the cat adds the comment of wishing a “Happy Halloween.” The poor, confused owl is simply speechless, as most owls are in the presence of […]

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 […]

Vintage Halloween Girl Postcard

This vintage Halloween postcard image has a lovely girl in a red dress sitting on a pumpkin on Halloween night. A bat is flying by and a black cat is howling at her feet. But she is not disturbed and looks quite pretty in a vintage pin-up way. Notice the owl eyes in her hat! […]

Vintage Postcard of Shaws Hot Springs near Carson City Nevada

Shaw’s Hot Springs Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows the entrance to Shaw’s Hot Springs on the north edge of Carson City, Nevada in 1900. This old postcard gives a great view of life near a Western town like Carson City in the early 1900s. We see a horse drawn wagon with covered fringe – probably an early version of […]

Vintage Postcard of a Desert Road near Carson City Nevada

Carson City Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard captures the look of the countryside outside of Carson City, Nevada in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It shows a desert road or dirt road with white fence on one side and what looks like a ranch on the other side. This desert road runs off till you see the Carson […]

The Mackay House in Virginia City Postcard

The MacKay House Virginia City Postcard

Shown here is The MacKay House or MacKay Mansion in Virginia City, Nevada. The date of the postcard is unknown but seems newer than most on this site, so we have not reprinted it. The MacKay House in Virginia City was built and occupied by George Hearst in 1859 and originally used as the office […]

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 […]