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″]

Happy Holly Days Christmas Postcard

Happy Holly Days Postcard

This bright and beautiful Christmas postcard has holly leaves on red background with the words “Happy Holly Days.” We have reprinted it with the original red and green holly colors as well as with gold holly on white or red background. [zstore productlineid=”196244586700255202″]

Christmas Train with Flags

Everyone loves trains at Christmas time. In this vintage train postcard we see passengers dressed in Victorian clothing headed somewhere – to visit family and friends. It strikes the imagination with wonder – Where are they going? Whom will they visit? Will it snow? Will there be a grand Christmas tree and a party? Children […]

Christmas Caroling Kids Vintage Postcard

The original postcard is from the 1800s, showing three charming children singing Christmas Carols as if in a Christmas show at school. Remember those days? [zstore productlineid=”196245795101107589″]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]