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.

three unique neck ties

Unique Neck Ties – Get Fun and Vintage Inspired Ties

Here are some of the creative and unique neck ties that we offer. We hope you like the fun and vintage style we try to keep on our designs. Train Ties Love old trains, locomotives and steam engines? We’ve got a few unique ties for train lovers. Western Ties Western themed and cowboy neck ties […]

Irish Valentine’s Day Romance

As Valentine’s Day approaches, people give quite a bit of thought to a choice of card and gift that will express their love to another. Symbolism is often lost in today’s world, this article explains the symbolism behind the Irish Claddagh Ring. If you are Irish or your sweetheart is Irish, consider something different that […]

Currier and Ives Lithograph - American Railroad Scene - Snow Bound

Currier and Ives Lithograph – American Railroad Scene – Snow Bound

This Currier and Ives lithograph called, American Railroad Scene – Snow Bound, shows passengers and crew trying to dig out a snowbound train in the 1800s. As with many Currier & Ives lithographs, they conveyed in art, various aspects of American life of the 1800s. They particularly showed the dramatic side of national events as […]

Currier & Ives Lithograph – The Night Express: The Start

This lithograph called, “The Night Express: The Start” originally by the famous firm of Currier & Ives, shows railroad drama at its height. With the Night Express train just leaving the station, we see fire and smoke bursting from the stack, steam emerging from the engine, and the brilliant light on the front of the […]

Vintage Postcard of The Narrows of Cumberland Maryland

The Narrows of Cumberland Maryland Vintage Postcard

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 […]

Lovers Leap Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard is dated 1909 showing an historic cliff in Cumberland, Maryland called “Lovers Leap”. This cliff has been the stuff of local legend in Cumberland for generations. From Harold Scott, Sr. (Compiler), Legends of Allegany County, Cumberland, Maryland, 1994, we get the following history of the cliff: In Cumberland, Maryland the Lovers’ […]

Vintage Postcard of 1900s hikers on Big Savage Mountain

Hikers on Big Savage Mountain Vintage Maryland Postcard

This vintage postcard shows hikers resting close to the summit of Big Savage Mountain, near Frostburg, Maryland in the early 1900s. While there are level spots on the Eastern side of the mountain, the Big Savage Mountain is rocky as the picture shows, and in many places, extremely steep. The descent is very rugged, and […]

Vintage Travel Postcard of The Black Hills in South Dakota

Black Hills Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard is a 1949 “travel card” and was the cover on a series of postcards showing The Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota with Mt. Rushmore. “Thrust upward out of the vast prairie stand the Black Hills, a distinct group of mountains. North, South, East, and West lay the prairies receiving water […]