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.
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 […]
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 […]
This vintage Valentine postcard is from the early 1900s – the Edwardian era. It’s a simple card featuring a portrait of a young woman and simply wishing Valentine Greetings. Personally, I find the rose tones that run throughout this picture to be particularly lovely.
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 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 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 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 shows the majestic Grand Teton mountains in the background, towering above the verdant valley floor. We see a rustic log cabin amongst the trees with Western folk lounging oustside conversing with two cowboys on horseback. This is vintage Western Wyoming at its best! The Grand Tetons are a mountain range in Western […]
This beautiful vintage postcard from 1900, shows Downtown Pittsburgh with the corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street during a busy day. One can see the people in Victorian dress along the sidewalks, with the Pittsburgh Trolley Cars moving through the streets. This view of Pittsburgh is particularly bright and pretty as many of the […]
This vintage postcard shows an historic site known as “The Milburn Residence” in Buffalo, New York, at the time that the tragedy occurred which has made it famous. The Milburn Residence is not only historic to Buffalo, but to the United States as a whole, as it is the home that President McKinley was taken […]
This vintage postcard shows a recreation park in Cumberland Maryland called “Braddock Park” in the early 1900s. Shown here is a pastoral summer view of men, with the straw hats of those days, relaxing in the tree shaded park meadow. This postcard is also #12 from The Braddock Road Series by John Kennedy Lacock, Amity, […]