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 vintage postcard (circa 1910) is embossed with a sprig of yellow roses on a dark blue watercolor background. Even though it reads, Best Wishes To My Valentine, this card may have been sent as friendly holiday greeting, because yellow flowers are meant to symbolize friendship. We have reprinted this beautiful Victorian roses postcard on […]
This vintage postcard is typical of what one would have received in the mail as an advertisement in 1900. It was printed on a postcard in 1907, featuring the 1847 Girl and sent out to advertise 1847 Rogers Brothers’ silver from Emie Coleman in Bradford, PA. We took this image and created many products including […]
This vintage postcard (circa 1900) is embossed with a bunch of spring flowers of red, pink, blue, purple or violet, and yellow colors on a gold watercolor background. See Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts created from this vintage postcard.
This vintage postcard (circa 1900) is embossed with a bunch of yellow flowers on a faded yellow and rose watercolor background. We have reprinted this card to be sent as friendly greeting, because yellow flowers are meant to symbolize friendship. See Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts created from this vintage postcard.
St. Patrick’s Day
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 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 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 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 from the 1930s shows the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Begun in 1793, the cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington. The central building was finished in 1800 with one wing completed in 1811. It ranks today among the noblest architectural objects in the world, its crowning glory […]
This vintage postcard shows an art museum in Washington D.C. called the Corcoran Gallery of Art. It was founded and endowed by the late W. W. Corcoran in 1830 as a gift to the public. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is on 17th St. southwest of both the White House and State, War, and Navy […]
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 […]
The original postcard shows a view of Chicago, Illinois in 1833 from a painting which is signed “Widney” done in 1903. This may be Gustavus C. Widney an illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post during that time. Today most are familiar with Chicago as a bustling metropolis on the adjacent land to Lake Michigan. But […]