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
This great Currier and Ives Lithograph – Trolling for Blue Fish, shows some gentlemen from the 1800s in a small sailboat on ocean waves. With true Currier and Ives drama, the ocean waves are somewhat violent, as is the sky, indicating the onset of a storm. In the early to mid 1800’s, hunting and fishing […]
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 […]
The Currier and Ives Shop Front vintage postcard shows the store front at 115 Nassau St. in New York City around 1875, and the people in the doorway are believed to be the lead print operator Daniel Logan, and his son. The postcard shows the headquarters of the famous duo, Nathanial Currier and James Ives, […]
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 […]
Shown here is what is known as The First Tunnel in the Royal Gorge train route. Today, The First Tunnel in the Royal Gorge is a hiking trail and part of the Royal Gorge Park.
Everyone loves trains at Christmas time. In this vintage train postcard we see passengers dressed in Victorian clothing headed somewhere – to visit family and friends. It strikes the imagination with wonder – Where are they going? Whom will they visit? Will it snow? Will there be a grand Christmas tree and a party? Children […]
Shown in this vintage postcard is an old train from 1914 as seen through a fissure ( known simply as “The Crevice”) in the solid rock walls of the Royal Gorge Canyon in Colorado. The Royal Gorge Canyon is a steep gorge through the solid granite of the mountain called Fremont Peak near Cañon City, […]
This vintage postcard shows the Royal Gorge Canyon in Colorado. The Royal Gorge (often called the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas) is a canyon on the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado. It has a width of 50 feet at the base of the gorge and a few hundred feet at the top, with a […]