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 vintage postcard is typical of what one would have received in the mail as an advertisement in 1900. It was printed on a postcard in 1907, featuring the 1847 Girl and sent out to advertise 1847 Rogers Brothers’ silver from Emie Coleman in Bradford, PA. We took this image and created many products including […]
This vintage postcard (circa 1900) is embossed with Victorian Roses showing red, pink, and yellow roses around a wintry homestead. See Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts created from this vintage postcard.
This vintage postcard (circa 1900) is embossed with a bunch of spring flowers of red, pink, blue, purple or violet, and yellow colors on a gold watercolor background. See Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts created from this vintage postcard.
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 […]
St. Patrick’s Day
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 an Irish lass who is not afraid to fly up into the air on a pipe with green ribbon for harness. Surrounded by clovers she is a dashing St. Patrick’s Day greeting. Some of the items for sale say, “Happy St. Patty’s Day” and some say, “I Love Being Irish!” both […]
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 (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 vintage postcard is dated 1909 and shows The Narrows Park in Cumberland Maryland. I lived there for some years, but am not sure where this park is. This may be an old marker from the Braddock Road in the center of the pond. I liked that the photographer caught a deer in the picture.
Historic Postcard Written by Patty Reed? This postcard is dated June 14, 1910 showing Donner Lake near Truckee, California. If you look closely at the writing on the front you can see the words “Patty Reed” over the lake, “Mrs. Frank Lewis” above the shoreline, and to the right between the trees (from left to […]
The original vintage postcard read “The new National Museum is under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution and is supported by annual appropriations by Congress.” At the time, the director of the Smithsonian was initially in charge of the new museum, however, later this was not so. The building shown in this postcard is actually […]
What today is known as “The Alamo” in Texas became famous for the battle waged there during the Texas Revolution against Mexico. The Alamo was a mission called, Mission San Antonio de Valero and was home to the priests and Indian converts for seventy years before the battle took place. The mission was built in […]