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.

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 […]

Retro Witch Flying Postcard

This old Halloween postcard shows the silhouette of a retro witch and black cat flying an old propeller airplane across a red moon in an orange sky. The little cat is very dapper with a bow tie as he gazes down at the ground while the witch is hurling them through the air in what […]

Girl Carving Apple Vintage Halloween Postcard

This vintage Halloween postcard is another of Ellen Clapsaddle’s adorable cards. Here we see a little girl in beautiful costume with flowered vest, carving an apple and tossing the shards over her shoulder. Behind the little girl is a cute pumpkin with words, “Halloween Greetings” Ellen Clapsaddle has signed her name going upwards on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]