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.

Angels Decorating Christmas Tree

Angels Decorating the Christmas Tree

Vintage Christmas card from 1909 of two little Angels Decorating the Christmas Tree. With their wings flapping, they are busy painting ornaments on the tree. This card can be found on products at our store: [zstore productlineid=”196936008859662936″]

Santa Claus and the Narrow Chimney

This early 1900’s Christmas postcard shows a resilient Santa Claus determined to make it down a narrow chimney with all the gifts for Christmas Eve. A few balloons will help! [zstore productlineid=”196146242014153349″]

Santa's Sleigh Ride Vintage Postcard

Santa’s Sleigh Ride Postcard

This vintage Christmas postcard shows Santa Claus in his sleigh on a blustery Christmas Eve. With heavy snow coming down, Santa is smiling with jingle bells a ringing, forging ahead to deliver those presents before Christmas morn. This is a cheerful Christmas postcard and a great reminder that nothing stops Santa! [zstore productlineid=”196147918041636257″]

Victorian Santa Claus with Gifts

Images of Santa Claus from the 1930’s and beyond show a round, jolly Santa that we have all come to know. But many of the old Victorian Santa Claus cards depict a stern image of Santa in keeping with the discipline of the day. This beautiful postcard surprisingly shows a bright, colorful, Victorian Santa Claus […]

Snowy Christmas Eve Postcard

Snowy Christmas Eve Postcard

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 […]

Snowy Church at Night Vintage Christmas Postcard

Snowy Church at Night Christmas Postcard

This vintage Christmas postcard shows a snow covered Church at night time. Lights stream out from within the Church and the snow covered tree seems lit by hundreds of white Christmas lights under the snow. We have added a golden, glistening look to the tree limbs to give this Christmas scene a magical, snowy Christmas […]

Currier & Ives Reprint of Winter in the Country, Getting Ice

Currier and Ives Lithograph – Winter in the Country, Getting Ice

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 […]

Vintage Currier & Ives Reprint of The Farmer's Home Harvest

Currier and Ives Lithograph – The Farmer’s Home Harvest

This Currier and Ives lithograph called The Farmer’s Home Harvest shows the farmer’s harvest on a beautiful autumn day with men gathering hay in the field and loading it onto an ox drawn cart. In the background one can see the farmer’s home and some family members, a river and mountains with a horse and […]

Vintage Currier and Ives Lithograph - A Spill Out on the Snow

Currier and Ives Lithograph – A Spill Out on the Snow

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 […]