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 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 […]
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! […]
This vintage postcard, which is rather spooky looking, actually is a view of the New York State Capitol at night time in 1900. This building still stands today and is the capitol building of the State of New York in Albany, NY. The construction of the building, which began in 1867 was finally completed in […]
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 […]
This very funny Currier and Ives lithograph called A Spill Out on the Snow shows that even in the 1800s, there were traffic jams. These lively sleighing country neighbors are taking the turn just a little too quickly, causing the “spill out” on the snow. This lithograph, A Spill Out on the Snow is also […]
This Currier and Ives lithograph, called Winter in the Country, Getting Ice, is one of the American Country Scenes showing the American farm life throughout the seasons. It shows men cutting ice on a frozen lake while the horse and sleigh wait patiently to haul the ice home. During the 1880s, a typical farm as […]