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.
Blue Forget-Me-Not flowers adorn this vintage Valentine’s Day postcard, which reads, To my Valentine. A vase, a bunch and a heart shaped wreath of forget-me-nots form a sort of border for the landscape painting in the center of this divided back vintage postcard.
This 1900s romantic postcard for Valentine’s Day features a beautiful, young woman holding a bunch of pink flowers and a love poem surrounded by a border of blue hearts and forget-me-nots. The love poem to his darling reads: Oh! Would I were the flower that sips The honied kisses from your lips. My Darling Valentine […]
This vintage postcard has a divided back and was mailed in Pennsylvania in 1910. It was printed by International Art Publ. Co. in Berlin, Germany. It is a beautiful Valentine postcard with roses on an embossed foil background and reads: Rose, Emblem of Fond Love.
This vintage Valentine postcard is from the early 1900s – the Edwardian era. It’s a simple card featuring a portrait of a young woman and simply wishing Valentine Greetings. Personally, I find the rose tones that run throughout this picture to be particularly lovely.
St. Patrick’s Day
This vintage postcard shows a lovely Irish Lass with auburn hair in beautiful Irish costume encircled within the outline of an Irish clover or shamrock. The postcard wishes a St. Patrick’s Day Greeting in embossed print and is really a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day postcard that would have been sent at the turn of the […]
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 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 vintage postcard shows a recreation park in Cumberland Maryland called “Braddock Park” in the early 1900s. Shown here is a pastoral summer view of men, with the straw hats of those days, relaxing in the tree shaded park meadow. This postcard is also #12 from The Braddock Road Series by John Kennedy Lacock, Amity, […]
This 1910 card shows a painting of the breakers along the shore and a pier at Long Beach, California. Long Beach is one of the great shipping ports of California, full of ship yards and industry today, but look how beautiful it is at this point in time. The pier shown in this postcard later […]
This beautiful vintage postcard from 1910 shows a lake in Ohio on a lovely Autumn day. One can see a boat ready to be rowed out onto the lake with cows and ducks plodding along the shore. The autumn colors of the trees are reflected in the water of the lake making this a beautiful […]
This very funny postcard from the 1930’s not only shows the beautiful mauves, purples, and orange colors of the desert, but also shows a tolerant donkey expressing his opinion of life in the desert carrying the mining supplies of his owner. The original card says: Q. Don’t your remember the desert, old pal The desert […]