Retro rewind: Festive St Patrick’s Day cards with that 1970s & 80s vibe

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A pinch of nostalgia: Retro St Patrick’s Day cards from the 70s & 80s

St Patrick’s Day, once a celebration deeply rooted in Irish culture, had transformed into a widespread festive occasion across America by the time the 1970s and 80s rolled around. This party was for everyone — not just the sons and daughters of Éire.

During these decades, St Patrick’s Day parades swelled in size and spectacle, with cities from coast to coast putting on the grandest display of Irish pride. The parades were a kaleidoscope of green, with floats, bands, and marchers all paying homage to Ireland’s heritage.

Retro St Patrick's Day cards at Woolworth's stores in 1985
Retro St Patrick’s Day cards at Woolworth’s stores in 1985

Don’t pinch me!

Beyond the public celebrations, schools and communities also embraced the day with passion. It became an unwritten rule that on March 17th, you wore green to school.

This wasn’t just a nod to tradition, but a (mostly) playful pact among children. Forgetting to don your green attire could result in a day filled with (usually) light-hearted pinches, a quirky reminder of the day’s significance.

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St Patrick’s Day cards, 70s & 80s-style

In this era, St Patrick’s Day cards were a popular way to share the fun with family and friends. These cards were decorated with iconic Irish symbols like shamrocks, leprechauns and pots of gold — carrying messages of luck and laughter.

Here, we’ve have a wee collection of retro St Patrick’s Day cards that capture the spirit of the holiday in the 70s and 80s. Take a look back to some March 17th celebrations from several decades ago with this collection of cute greeting cards you might remember seeing back then!

Just a wee St. Patrick’s Day greeting…

Wee greeting vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Dancing bear drawing on St Patrick’s Day card

Dancing bear vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


‘The Legend of the Leprechaun’ Vintage St Patrick’s Day story card

The Legend of the Leprechaun vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


‘Feel Irish’ retro greeting card

Inside: The green printed word “IRISH” with an arrow above text that says “Feel here.”

Feel Irish card vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


‘A wee Irish greeting’ classic St. Patrick’s day card

A wee Irish greeting vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


‘God bless you on St Patrick’s Day’ greeting card
God bless you vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com

Irish dancer girl with a shamrock greeting card

Irish dancer girl with a shamrock vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Irish teddy bear with a Celtic harp illustration

Inside text: “St Patrick’s Day brings good things to mind… Lucky four-leaf clovers, pots of gold, wishes come true — and you!”

Irish teddy bear with a Celtic harp vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com

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Leprechauns dancing with a pot of gold – Vintage post card

Leprechauns dancing vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


‘Luck of the Irish’ embossed gold greeting card

Luck of the Irish vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Snoopy – Peanuts vintage St Patrick’s Day card

Inside: “The Easter Bunny told me!”

Snoopy - Peanuts vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com

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Vintage Snoopy and Woodstock St. Patrick’s Day greeting card

The inside of the card has the answer: “Corned beef pizzas and green root beer!”

Vintage Snoopy and Woodstock vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Kissing the Blarney stone card

Inside, a speech bubble with the stone speaking: “Not tonight, I’ve got a headache.”

Blarney stone card vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Cute retro leprechaun greeting card

Cute vintage Irish elf St Patrick's Day greeting card vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com

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A lucky clover cake for St Patrick's Day (1950)

‘For my husband’ vintage St Patrick’s Day card

For my husband vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


1970s St Patrick’s Day card

1970s St Patrick's Day card vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Birthday on St. Patrick’s Day vintage card

Thnk you’re special just because you’re birthday’s on St Patrick’s Day? Blarney! 

Birthday on March 17 vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com

St Patrick’s Day cards for family & friends

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