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.

St. Patrick's Day Vintage Postcard

St. Patrick’s Day Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows traditional and patriotic Irish green and gold flags with words “Erin Go Bragh” or “Ireland Forever”. The postcard wishes a St. Patrick’s Day greeting in gold embossed print and is really a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day postcard that would have been sent at the turn of the 20th century. A flag […]

Luck of the Irish Shamrock Vintage Postcard

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! [zstore productlineid=”196729609145645987″]

Easter Flowers Vintage Postcard

Easter Flowers Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard from the early 1900s shows beautiful Easter Flowers with Dogwood flowers around the border and the printed greeting “An Easter Remembrance”. The Dogwood blossom is known to be flower of Christ and many vintage Easter postcards of this era contained them, just like this one, to express a Christian or spiritual meaning […]

Easter Bunnies and Easter Egg Vintage Postcard

Easter Bunnies and Easter Egg Vintage Postcard

In this vintage Easter postcard we see two rabbits or Easter Bunnies bearing the gift of a brightly colored Easter Egg. The tradition of the Easter Bunny and the colored Easter Egg originated in Germany and was brought to America by German immigrants. This tradition has become a beloved one for children and adults as […]

Easter Vintage Postcard - Cross of Blue Flowers

Easter Vintage Postcard – Cross of Blue Flowers

This Easter Christian, vintage postcard shows The Cross of Jesus Christ in blue Dogwood flowers. There is a quaint farm in the background surounded by meadow, flowering trees, and purple mountains behind. All suggesting Spring! The Dogwood blossom is known to be flower of Christ because there are four petals in the shape of a […]

Easter Vintage Postcard - The Tree of Life

Easter Vintage Postcard – The Tree of Life

This vintage Christian, Easter postcard from 1908 shows The Cross of Jesus Christ as The Tree of Life, with a path or stream to show the way and a crown of violets representing the crown of thorns. The Biblical verse we use on some of the designs is: And Jesus said, I am the Way […]

Vintage Postcard of Panther Hollow Lake by Night

Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park Vintage Postcard

This 1910 vintage postcard shows a couple boating across a lake by moonlight. The lake is Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park which borders Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens of Pittsburgh. A very romantic setting for the couple in the postcard with moonlight streaming across the lake. It’s a great view of an early 1900s […]

Vintage 1800s Postcard of the Pittsburgh Park called The Point

Pittsburgh Vintage Postcard – Point Park in 1800s

This vintage postcard shows a view of the rivers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the late 1800s at what is today Point Park, where the Ohio River, the Allegheny River, and the Monongahela River all meet to form a triangle of land. In this picture, the park had not been built yet. Notice the steam ships […]

Chicago in Frontier Days Vintage Postcard

Chicago Illinois Vintage Postcard

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 […]

Summer at Niagara Falls Vintage Postcard

This vintage Niagara Falls postcard shows three paintings of the Falls area one in a rectangular golden square, one in a golden circle, and the third in a golden triangle. It is a pretty postcard and old, pre-1907, with undivided back. The words sent to loved one or friend must be written on the front, […]