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.

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 […]

The Grand Tetons

The Grand Tetons of Wyoming

This vintage postcard shows the majestic Grand Teton mountains in the background, towering above the verdant valley floor. We see a rustic log cabin amongst the trees with Western folk lounging oustside conversing with two cowboys on horseback. This is vintage Western Wyoming at its best! The Grand Tetons are a mountain range in Western […]

Vintage Postcard of Mount Rushmore National Park

Mount Rushmore Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota as it looked in 1949. On October 4, 1927, Gutzon Borglum and his crew began work on what is today known as Mount Rushmore. They carved into a cliff in a mountain of the Black Hills the heads of […]

Vintage Postcard of the Highway to Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore Highway Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows the scenic highway to Mount Rushmore in The Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. It is another in the series from the 1949 travel card series describing the Black Hills National Forest. The road to Mount Rushmore passes through the pristine beauty of the Black Hills. The original travel card […]

Vintage Travel Postcard of The Black Hills in South Dakota

Black Hills Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard is a 1949 “travel card” and was the cover on a series of postcards showing The Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota with Mt. Rushmore. “Thrust upward out of the vast prairie stand the Black Hills, a distinct group of mountains. North, South, East, and West lay the prairies receiving water […]