March 14, 2018

20 Wonderful Vintage St. Patrick's Day Postcards Made by Artist Ellen Clapsaddle From the Early 20th Century

Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934) was an American illustrator/commercial artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Not only is her style greatly admired and well recognized, today she is recognized as the most prolific souvenir/postcard and greeting card artist of her era.

Clapsaddle started by giving art lessons in her home in South Columbia. At the same time she created her own landscapes and was commissioned to paint portraits of families in Richfield Springs. She also submitted her work to publishers in New York City and became a recognized commercial artist. She was a freelance artist and her illustrations were often used in advertising and on porcelain goods, calendars, paper fans, trade and greeting cards.

Clapsaddle's greatest success was in the development of her artwork into single-faced cards that could be kept as souvenirs or mailed as postcards and she specialized in designing illustrations specifically for that purpose. Artistic designs had become highly prized particularly during the peak of production of the "golden age of souvenir/postcards" (1898-1915) for their great marketing possibilities. Clapsaddle is credited with over 3000 designs in the souvenir/post card field.

St. Patrick's Day is coming! And here, we collected 20 wonderful vintage postcards made by Ellen Clapsaddle from the early 20th century.


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