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.
Beautiful vintage Valentine’s Day postcard with three doves carrying a string of flowers around their necks and sprays of spring flowers in their mouths as they fly past two hearts pierced with cupid’s arrow. The card says “To My Valentine” and is lovely. The gold lettering and the details between the flowers are embossed and […]
This is a very early 1900s vintage Valentine’s Day postcard from the undivided back era (circa 1901 – 1907). The border is an Art Nouveau style scrollwork in blue with brown lines. The printed To my Valentine wording and the main flowers, which are slightly embossed and light pink and bright pink, are off center […]
Here we see a mischievous little cupid aiming his arrow at a heart on this vintage Valentine’s Day postcard. The heart contains the words, “To My Valentine” while the postcard also says, “When you see my ammunition You’ll surrender your position” I wonder if it worked?
This vintage Valetine’s Day postcard shows a little girl with a bouquet of spring flowers under the words “To My Valentine.” An unsigned Ellen Clapsaddle postcard, the card also contains the poem: Be assured, ’tis you or none That I Love, and Love alone.
St. Patrick’s Day
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!
This vintage postcard shows an Irish lass who is not afraid to fly up into the air on a pipe with green ribbon for harness. Surrounded by clovers she is a dashing St. Patrick’s Day greeting. Some of the items for sale say, “Happy St. Patty’s Day” and some say, “I Love Being Irish!” both […]
This vintage postcard shows a lovely Irish Lass with auburn hair in beautiful Irish costume encircled within the outline of an Irish clover or shamrock. The postcard wishes a St. Patrick’s Day Greeting in embossed print and is really a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day postcard that would have been sent at the turn of the […]
This is a vintage signed Ellen Clapsaddle St. Patrick’s Day postcard showing a lovely Irish Lass with a Victorian dress and large, green Victorian hat over auburn hair. The postcard wishes a St. Patrick’s Day Greeting by mentioning “The Wearing of the Green” and is really a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day postcard that would have […]
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 […]
The original vintage postcard, dated July 2, 1902, shows Bridal Veil Falls, (also called Bridalveil Falls) in Yosemite Valley, California at 900 ft. It is interesting that this postcard claims the falls are 900 ft. while today, scientists measure it at 620 ft. high. Perhaps the card is wrong – the cliff could not have […]
This very cute and funny postcard from World War II days shows a girl at the beach in patriotic bathing clothes with a big bow on the back of her bathing suit and the words, “Sorry, I Had to Leave My Beau Behind!”
This vintage postcard shows a scene of a street running towards The East River, in New York City and is probably showing an image from the 1800s, although the card is newer than 1907. Notice the carriage and horses on the left of the picture. While on the right hand side, you can see telegraph […]