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.

three unique neck ties

Unique Neck Ties – Get Fun and Vintage Inspired Ties

Here are some of the creative and unique neck ties that we offer. We hope you like the fun and vintage style we try to keep on our designs. Train Ties Love old trains, locomotives and steam engines? We’ve got a few unique ties for train lovers. Western Ties Western themed and cowboy neck ties […]

Irish Valentine’s Day Romance

As Valentine’s Day approaches, people give quite a bit of thought to a choice of card and gift that will express their love to another. Symbolism is often lost in today’s world, this article explains the symbolism behind the Irish Claddagh Ring. If you are Irish or your sweetheart is Irish, consider something different that […]

Currier & Ives Lithograph – The Night Express: The Start

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 […]

Currier and Ives Lithograph - American Railroad Scene - Snow Bound

Currier and Ives Lithograph – American Railroad Scene – Snow Bound

This Currier and Ives lithograph called, American Railroad Scene – Snow Bound, shows passengers and crew trying to dig out a snowbound train in the 1800s. As with many Currier & Ives lithographs, they conveyed in art, various aspects of American life of the 1800s. They particularly showed the dramatic side of national events as […]

Fissure in Royal Gorge Canyon known as The Crevice with an old Train

Old Train in Royal Gorge Vintage Postcard

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 CaƱon City, […]

Vintage Postcard of Mount Rushmore National Park

Mount Rushmore Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota as it looked in 1949. On October 4, 1927, Gutzon Borglum and his crew began work on what is today known as Mount Rushmore. They carved into a cliff in a mountain of the Black Hills the heads of […]

Lovers Leap Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard is dated 1909 showing an historic cliff in Cumberland, Maryland called “Lovers Leap”. This cliff has been the stuff of local legend in Cumberland for generations. From Harold Scott, Sr. (Compiler), Legends of Allegany County, Cumberland, Maryland, 1994, p.vi we get the following history of the cliff: In Cumberland, Maryland the Lovers’ […]

Vintage Postcard of The Narrows of Cumberland Maryland

The Narrows of Cumberland Maryland Vintage Postcard

This black and white vintage postcard shows “The Narrows” in Cumberland, Maryland. The Narrows is the name for a beautiful and picturesque valley that passes through a gap in the mountains with high cliffs on either side at one point. It is a thousand-foot natural gap between Wills and Haystack mountains. This valley has become […]