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.

St. Patrick's Day Vintage Postcard

St. Patrick’s Day Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows traditional and patriotic Irish green and gold flags with words “Erin Go Bragh” or “Ireland Forever”. The postcard wishes a St. Patrick’s Day greeting in gold embossed print and is really a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day postcard that would have been sent at the turn of the 20th century. A flag […]

Luck of the Irish Shamrock Vintage Postcard

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! [zstore productlineid=”196729609145645987″]

Easter Vintage Postcard - The Tree of Life

Easter Vintage Postcard – The Tree of Life

This vintage Christian, Easter postcard from 1908 shows The Cross of Jesus Christ as The Tree of Life, with a path or stream to show the way and a crown of violets representing the crown of thorns. The Biblical verse we use on some of the designs is: And Jesus said, I am the Way […]

Girl in Easter Bonnet Vintage Postcard

This vintage Easter postcard is a signed Ellen Clapsaddle postcard. In the tradition of her design, this Easter postcard has a lovely little girl with a very large Victorian Easter Bonnet trimmed in flowers holding an Easter Basket full of flowers. The Clapsaddle postcards were very popular at the turn of the 20th Century and […]

Easter Lilies Balloon Vintage Postcard

Easter Lilies Balloon Vintage Postcard

In this vintage Easter postcard we see some enterprising little baby chicks who have turned what is left of their egg shell into a balloon. Adorned with Easter Lilies, these chicks are off, flying through the air to the their destination and their Easter Day celebration. This Easter postcard has old-fashioned writing in a script […]

Easter Bunnies and Easter Egg Vintage Postcard

Easter Bunnies and Easter Egg Vintage Postcard

In this vintage Easter postcard we see two rabbits or Easter Bunnies bearing the gift of a brightly colored Easter Egg. The tradition of the Easter Bunny and the colored Easter Egg originated in Germany and was brought to America by German immigrants. This tradition has become a beloved one for children and adults as […]

Niagara Falls and Coke Ovens Vintage Postcard

One wonders why a postcard like this was printed? What do Niagara Falls and Coke Ovens in Pennsylvania have to do with each other? Interestingly, in the early 1900s, this type of postcard was not unusual. Postcards were often advertisements to promote America in different ways. This vintage postcard is actually a promotion of not […]

Vintage Postcard of Panther Hollow Lake by Night

Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park Vintage Postcard

This 1910 vintage postcard shows a couple boating across a lake by moonlight. The lake is Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park which borders Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens of Pittsburgh. A very romantic setting for the couple in the postcard with moonlight streaming across the lake. It’s a great view of an early 1900s […]

Vintage Colorado postcard of Pogosa Spring

Pogosa Spring Vintage Colorado Postcard

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 […]

Horsehoe Falls Vintage Niagara Falls Postcard

This 1910 vintage postcard view of the Horseshoe Falls from Goat Island at Niagara Falls is quite beautiful. The postcard has been printed from a painting of the falls with lovely colors in the spray and background. The Horseshoe Falls, so named for their shape being that of a horseshoe, are the largest of the […]