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 shows the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ in 1939. It is a 1000 ft. long pier in Atlantic City that offers a boardwalk with family amusement park for visitors. It has been in existence since 1898. In 1904 it was destroyed by storm and rebuilt. Besides being a fun place for […]
The Havoline Thermometer was part of the 1933 International Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. As the Worlds Largest Thermometer, it was a very large advertisement Havoline Motor Oil. Twenty-one stories (218 ft.) high it showed the temperature by neon light tubes. The original postcards says, “Sponsored by Indian Refining Company, Lawrenceville, Ill. makers of WAXFREE HAVOLINE […]
This vintage postcard from 1903 shows Surf Avenue on Coney Island which is part of New York State. Coney Island is famous as a vacation recreation area for those living in and near New York City, NY. Originally it was a separate outer barrier island off Brooklyn, NY. But it has been connected to the […]
Summer Lakes and Rivers
The original postcard shows a view of Chicago, Illinois in 1833 from a painting which is signed “Widney” done in 1903. This may be Gustavus C. Widney an illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post during that time. Today most are familiar with Chicago as a bustling metropolis on the adjacent land to Lake Michigan. But […]
This vintage postcard shows Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe in vivid, beautiful colors. Emerald Bay is a state park on the southwest side of Lake Tahoe in California, located twenty-two miles south of Tahoe City. It contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island, located in the bay. In 1969, Emerald Bay was designated […]
This vintage Niagara Falls postcard shows Bridal Veil Falls on the American side with the Cave of the Winds behind it. Although this postcard is newer and brighter than the Cave of the Winds postcard, it is still older than 1920 because we see the bridge to the Cave of the Winds allowing people to […]
This vintage Niagara Falls postcard is dated 1942, showing a view of both the Horseshoe and American falls from the Niagara River Gorge entrance. If you look closely you can see the old Maid of the Mist boats in the water. Notice the white water and eddies created by the force of water from the […]
This vintage patriotic postcard shows the Sons of Veterans Emblem and the American Eagle surrounded by the American Flag from Civil War days with red, white, and blue emblazoned on it with roses in bright, vivid colors. The years 1861 and 1865 for the Civil War. This card is a wonderful statement of pride in […]
The original vintage postcard from 1910 shows the Great Pagosa Spring at Pagosa Springs, Colorado deep blue and green colors. The card reads, “Pagosa Spring is one of the worlds largest mineral hot springs located on the outskirts of Pagosa Springs on the bank of the San Juan River. This picturesque town is at the […]
This vintage postcard (circa 1900) is embossed with a bunch of yellow flowers on a faded yellow and rose watercolor background. We have reprinted this card to be sent as friendly greeting, because yellow flowers are meant to symbolize friendship. See Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts created from this vintage postcard.
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 […]