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.
Beautiful vintage Valentine’s Day postcard with three doves carrying a string of flowers around their necks and sprays of spring flowers in their mouths as they fly past two hearts pierced with cupid’s arrow. The card says “To My Valentine” and is lovely. The gold lettering and the details between the flowers are embossed and […]
This very colorful vintage Valentine’s Day postcard shows a big read heart with the words, “To My Valentine” and a poem in script: “I Send a Heart with Roses fair To shade if from all Troubles; And Love shall give it all His care When You have made it Double”
This vintage Valentine postcard is from the early 1900s – the Edwardian era. It’s a simple card featuring a portrait of a young woman and simply wishing Valentine Greetings. Personally, I find the rose tones that run throughout this picture to be particularly lovely.
This 1900s romantic postcard for Valentine’s Day features a beautiful, young woman holding a bunch of pink flowers and a love poem surrounded by a border of blue hearts and forget-me-nots. The love poem to his darling reads: Oh! Would I were the flower that sips The honied kisses from your lips. My Darling Valentine […]
St. Patrick’s Day
This vintage postcard shows an Irish lass who is not afraid to fly up into the air on a pipe with green ribbon for harness. Surrounded by clovers she is a dashing St. Patrick’s Day greeting. Some of the items for sale say, “Happy St. Patty’s Day” and some say, “I Love Being Irish!” both […]
This vintage postcard shows the Luck of the Irish Shamrock and wishes you Good Luck. This is a perfect greeting to send to any Irishman or a person that wants the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!
This vintage postcard (circa 1900) shows a man and woman in traditional Irish costume, of rich green colors, performing an Irish Dance or jig. The postcard says: Their Hearts Full of Joy Know no Bounds So They Dance the Irish Breakdown. These two traditional Irish Dancers on this vintage postcard do look as if their […]
This vintage postcard shows an Irish Pipe on Kelly green background with shamrocks. The postcard says: “Erin Go Bragh” Which means “Ireland Forever!” This is an Ellen Clapsaddle postcard in which she has captured the pride and joy of every Irishman and his pipe on St. Patrick’s Day! For all you golfers out there – […]
Shown here is what is known as The First Tunnel in the Royal Gorge train route. Today, The First Tunnel in the Royal Gorge is a hiking trail and part of the Royal Gorge Park.
This vintage postcard shows Main Street in Buffalo, New York in 1940 in stunning and vibrant colors. The view is looking north from the civic center to the Theatre District of downtown Buffalo. Although, Main Street runs all the way out to Williamsville today, at the time of this old postcard, what would have been […]
This vintage Niagara Falls postcard shows Bridal Veil Falls on the American side with the Cave of the Winds behind it. Although this postcard is newer and brighter than the Cave of the Winds postcard, it is still older than 1920 because we see the bridge to the Cave of the Winds allowing people to […]
The Smithsonian Institution building is shown in this vintage card, and is located in the National Mall in Washington D.C. The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 through the half million dollar bequest of James Smithson. From small beginnings it has grown to be one of the mightiest of the world’s activity centers in gathering […]