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.

Angels Decorating Christmas Tree

Angels Decorating the Christmas Tree

Vintage Christmas card from 1909 of two little Angels Decorating the Christmas Tree. With their wings flapping, they are busy painting ornaments on the tree. This card can be found on products at our store:

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Santa Claus and the Narrow Chimney

This early 1900’s Christmas postcard shows a resilient Santa Claus determined to make it down a narrow chimney with all the gifts for Christmas Eve. A few balloons will help!

Christmas Train with Flags

Christmas Train with Flags

Everyone loves trains at Christmas time. In this vintage train postcard we see passengers dressed in Victorian clothing headed somewhere – to visit family and friends. It strikes the imagination with wonder – Where are they going? Whom will they visit? Will it snow? Will there be a grand Christmas tree and a party? Children […]

Victorian Santa With Gifts

Victorian Santa Claus with Gifts

Images of Santa Claus from the 1930’s and beyond show a round, jolly Santa that we have all come to know. But many of the old Victorian Santa Claus cards depict a stern image of Santa in keeping with the discipline of the day. This beautiful postcard surprisingly shows a bright, colorful, Victorian Santa Claus […]

Currier & Ives Lithograph - The Night Express

Currier & Ives Lithograph – The Night Express: The Start

This lithograph called, “The Night Express: The Start” originally by the famous firm of Currier & Ives, shows railroad drama at its height. With the Night Express train just leaving the station, we see fire and smoke bursting from the stack, steam emerging from the engine, and the brilliant light on the front of the […]

Currier and Ives Lithograph - American Railroad Scene - Snow Bound

Currier and Ives Lithograph – American Railroad Scene – Snow Bound

This Currier and Ives lithograph called, American Railroad Scene – Snow Bound, shows passengers and crew trying to dig out a snowbound train in the 1800s. As with many Currier & Ives lithographs, they conveyed in art, various aspects of American life of the 1800s. They particularly showed the dramatic side of national events as […]