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 early 1900s vintage Valentine Postcard simply reads, A Valentine Message. The main image is a bunch of red roses and a locket with a picture of Cupid. The top and bottom borders of the postcard are lined with white daisies and clovers are embossed into a background pattern.
This very colorful vintage Valentine’s Day postcard shows a big read heart with the words, “To My Valentine” and a poem in script: “I Send a Heart with Roses fair To shade if from all Troubles; And Love shall give it all His care When You have made it Double”
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 […]
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 […]
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 (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 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 […]
This reprint of an Andrew Melrose painting of Christmas Eve in the early 1900s shows the sun setting on a snowy country road. Snow covered homes can be seen along the road that winds past the local Church and over a bridge with icing creek below. People are arriving at Church on foot or in […]
This vintage postcard, which is rather spooky looking, actually is a view of the New York State Capitol at night time in 1900. This building still stands today and is the capitol building of the State of New York in Albany, NY. The construction of the building, which began in 1867 was finally completed in […]
This vintage Wisconsin postcard shows the Chetek River which runs due south, south west from Chetek Lake which is part of the six lakes in the area of Chetek, Wisconsin. It is a beautiful view of the river, the river road with old-fashioned cars driving by, the trees, flowers, mountains and brilliant sunset. The Chetek […]
This George Washington patriotic postcard is from 1907. The left side of the postcard shows General George Washington taking command of his Army at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The image on the right shows him saying farewell to his officers at the end of the war. Short History of the Scene When the […]