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20 vintage Memorial Day postcards

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Vintage Memorial Day postcard
Here are more 20 colorfully-illustrated postcards published in honor of Memorial Day — known originally as Decoration Day. These antique cards are all from the early 1900s, and several feature the work of popular artist Ellen Clapsaddle.

Vintage Memorial Day souvenir postcard

Vintage Memorial Day souvenir postcard


Memorial Day postcard (1912)

1912 Memorial Day postcard


Antique Decoration Day postcard (1908)

Antique Decoration Day postcard 1908


Vintage Memorial Day postcard – Child with flags

Antique Memorial Day postcard - Child with flags


“Yet who would hold his dearest back…”

Antique Memorial Day postcard


Civil War remembrance – Memorial Day postcard

Civil War remembrance - Memorial Day postcard


Memorial Day – George Washington’s tomb vintage postcard

In memoriam to our dead patriots

Memorial Day - George Washington's tomb vintage postcard


“On fame’s eternal camping ground, their silent tents are spread”

Vintage Memorial Day postcard from 1900s


Antique Memorial Day postcard: Today and yesterday

A Civil War-era soldier stands with a man in the type of military uniform they wore around the time of World War I (then called “The Great War.”)

Antique Memorial Day Decoration Day postcard with soldiers c1915


In memoriam – Decoration Day vintage postcard

A woman – perhaps lady liberty herself – holds a tattered American flag

In Memoriam vintage Decoration Day - Memorial Day postcard c1914


In memory of Civil War soldiers

Here’s a quiet scene of a man dressed in an old Civil War military uniform visits a grave with a girl who is presumably his granddaughter. 

Old Civil War veterans on Decoration Day - Memorial Day - vintage postcard c1907

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Love, trust & peace

“May thy sweet blossom never cease to bloom in love and trust and peace.”

May thy sweet blossom never cease to bloom in love and trust and peace


Memorial Day garlands for the fallen

“Strew the fair garlands where slumber the dead.”

Memorial Day garlands for the fallen vintage postcard


Never forgotten

“Nor shall their story be forgot”

Never forgotten - Vintage Memorial Day postcard


Remember your friends

“We’ve read about the heroes from old Greece and Rome, but the one we’d like to hear from is the one from home.”

Remember your friends - Vintage Memorial Day postcard


No stain

“Wherever it floats, on land or sea, no stain its honor mars.”

Wherever it floats, on land or sea, no stain its honor mars - Vintage Memorial Day postcard


Freedom smiles

“Freedom smiles, her fate secure, beneath its steadfast stars.”

Freedom smiles, her fate secure, beneath its steadfast stars - Vintage Memorial Day postcard


Antique Memorial Day postcard with Civil War soldier

“Bring garlands of gay flowers to deck the heroes’ grave; And let their country’s starry flag in memory o’er them wave.”

Antique Memorial Day postcard with soldier


Memorial Day 1917: Honor the Brave parade

In memory of American Soldiers of the wars of 1775-1783 / 1812-1814 / 1846-1847 / 1861-1865 / 1895

Vintage Memorial Day postcard from 1917

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