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 funny Victorian Valentine’s Day postcard shows a not quite primly dressed Victorian woman sitting on a sofa with a little cupid trying to hand her a Valentine’s Day heart. The look on the woman’s face is most interesting, because she is at the same time looking pleased and skeptical. Perhaps many women then and […]
This vintage postcard (circa 1910) is embossed with a sprig of yellow roses on a dark blue watercolor background. Even though it reads, Best Wishes To My Valentine, this card may have been sent as friendly holiday greeting, because yellow flowers are meant to symbolize friendship. We have reprinted this beautiful Victorian roses postcard on […]
This early 1900s vintage Valentine Postcard simply reads, A Valentine Message. The main image is a bunch of red roses and a locket with a picture of Cupid. The top and bottom borders of the postcard are lined with white daisies and clovers are embossed into a background pattern.
This beautiful vintage Valentine’s Day postcard shows a Victorian woman wearing a sun bonnet and bustle behind her skirt working in her garden of colorful flowers. In the upper right corner is a red heart with “To My Valentine.” The garden, woman, and home in background are surrounded by a heart shaped border, making this […]
St. Patrick’s Day
This is a vintage signed Ellen Clapsaddle St. Patrick’s Day postcard showing a lovely Irish Lass with a Victorian dress and large, green Victorian hat over auburn hair. The postcard wishes a St. Patrick’s Day Greeting by mentioning “The Wearing of the Green” and is really a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day postcard that would have […]
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 shows traditional and patriotic Irish green and gold flags with words “Erin Go Bragh” or “Ireland Forever”. The postcard wishes a St. Patrick’s Day greeting in gold embossed print and is really a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day postcard that would have been sent at the turn of the 20th century. A flag […]
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 beautiful Memorial Day vintage postcard is an Ellen Clapsaddle signed postcard expressing the feeling that prevailed in the early 1900s for veterans. Most families had someone who had fought in either the Civil War, the Spanish American War, or World War I. The emblem is the Sons of Veterans medal shown on a red, […]
Wrangell, Alaska is noted for its wonderful evenings and sunsets. This photo for this vintage postcard was taken at 10:15 PM, circa 1930’s. The original postcard is dated July, 1935 and was sold by the Bear Totem Store in Wrangell. Before Alaska was part of the United States, it was Russian territory. The Russians were […]
This reprint of an Andrew Melrose painting of Christmas Eve in the early 1900s shows the sun setting on a snowy country road. Snow covered homes can be seen along the road that winds past the local Church and over a bridge with icing creek below. People are arriving at Church on foot or in […]
This vintage postcard shows a scene of a street running towards The East River, in New York City and is probably showing an image from the 1800s, although the card is newer than 1907. Notice the carriage and horses on the left of the picture. While on the right hand side, you can see telegraph […]