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 1900s romantic postcard for Valentine’s Day features a beautiful, young woman holding a bunch of pink flowers and a love poem surrounded by a border of blue hearts and forget-me-nots. The love poem to his darling reads: Oh! Would I were the flower that sips The honied kisses from your lips. My Darling Valentine […]
This turn of the century Love postcard features a Valentine poem from a woman (presumably) in a big, red heart. The poem, which is sort of funny, but also sort of sad, reads: To my Valentine You tell me others are more fair And wittier and wiser too. What matters it. I do not care […]
This vintage postcard has a divided back and was mailed in Pennsylvania in 1910. It was printed by International Art Publ. Co. in Berlin, Germany. It is a beautiful Valentine postcard with roses on an embossed foil background and reads: Rose, Emblem of Fond Love.
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 […]
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 Pipe on Kelly green background with shamrocks. The postcard says: “Erin Go Bragh” Which means “Ireland Forever!” This is an Ellen Clapsaddle postcard in which she has captured the pride and joy of every Irishman and his pipe on St. Patrick’s Day! For all you golfers out there – […]
This vintage postcard (circa 1900) shows a man and woman in traditional Irish costume, of rich green colors, performing an Irish Dance or jig. The postcard says: Their Hearts Full of Joy Know no Bounds So They Dance the Irish Breakdown. These two traditional Irish Dancers on this vintage postcard do look as if their […]
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 […]
This beautiful vintage postcard shows the Cherry Blossom tree in Washington D.C with the Lincoln Memorial across the water. The Japanese Cherry Blossom trees are a very beautiful and attractive sight in the spring of the year when they are in bloom. These trees are a gift from the Japanese Government to the United States […]
This is a 1924 postcard of Buffalo Calf a Jicarilla Apache. This postcard was distributed at the Fred Harvey Restaurants that were typically at train stations throughout the United States. The back of the postcards says, “The Apaches are conveniently divided into Eastern and Western bands. The former includes the Mescalero and Jcarilla Apaches; the […]
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 vintage Christmas postcard is a black and white sketch of a Victorian village with the only color being that of the street lamp and Christmas decorations. The sketch is well done with many details not only of the charming Victorian homes, but of the surrounding landscape with snow and Christmas decorations. The artist is […]