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″]

A Merry Christmas 1909 vintage Postcard

A Merry Christmas 1909 Vintage Postcard

This 1909 Christmas card features orange blossoms around a snowy winter scene. Perhaps the hint is to get away on a vacation to warmer climates for the holidays! [zstore productlineid=”196659440029691354″]

Victorian Children Playing in Snow Christmas Postcard

Christmas Wish Vintage Postcard

This adorable Christmas postcard was created in Germany, which accounts for the English translation “I Wish You Was With Us for Christmas.” Two young children are playing in the snow on this Christmas postcard as we see snowballs piled up and ready to throw. The little girl is patiently watching her brother who has obviously […]

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″]

Currier & Ives 1876 Merry Christmas Lithograph

Currier & Ives 1876 Merry Christmas Lithograph

The famous firm of Currier & Ives produced this as a black and white lithograph for Christmas in 1876. Vintage American has added the color in the spirit of the hand-coloring of the lithography of those days and reprinted it, to create this beautiful Christmas card and other Christmas gifts from this image. [zstore productlineid=”196066774304447919″]

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 […]