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.
The original Valentine’s Day postcard, with Ellen Clapsaddle illustration, shows a little farm boy in overalls, boots, and a straw hat cutting a bunch of wild flowers for his sweetheart with his faithful pupy sitting at his feet. The message is “My Valentine Think of Me.” The card also contains a poem: “It may be […]
The original Valentine’s Day postcard, circa 1910, has a divided back, was printed in Germany and contains a vintage Victorian message, “My Heart is small, but it is true, and I will offer it to you.”
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 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 […]
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 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 shows an Irish lass who is not afraid to fly up into the air on a pipe with green ribbon for harness. Surrounded by clovers she is a dashing St. Patrick’s Day greeting. Some of the items for sale say, “Happy St. Patty’s Day” and some say, “I Love Being Irish!” both […]
This early postcard dated 1900 shows the Hall Of Records and the County Court House (formerly the state capitol building) of Sacramento, California as it looked in 1895. Sacramento History Online has this same postcard and a nice history of the buildings and the City of Sacramento written with it. This is a great view […]
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 […]
The original vintage postcard was purchased in Canada and is circa 1910, showing beautiful white-water rapids in one of “The Northlands” rushing streams. Such streams and rivers are found throughout Alaska and Canada and dearly sought by fishermen. Many of James Oliver Curwood’s books refer to The Northland as being above a certain latitude in […]
This is known as the Second Tunnel in the Royal Gorge train route through the Royal Gorge Canyon. Today, the Second Tunnel in the Royal Gorge is a hiking trail and part of the Royal Gorge Park.