Vintage St Patrick’s Day postcards: 31 must-see gems that connect you with Irish-American traditions of yesteryear

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Vintage St Patrick’s Day postcards give us a peek to festivities of the past

This beloved holiday, steeped in rich history and tradition, has been a source of celebration for centuries. But have you ever wondered how our ancestors commemorated this day? Let’s take a nostalgic trip back to the early 20th century to uncover the roots of vintage St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Stepping back in time to the early 20th century reveals a charming and somewhat different celebration of St Patrick’s Day than what many of us might be familiar with today.

While the core essence of honoring the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick, remained steadfast, the ways in which the day was commemorated were deeply rooted in the customs and societal norms of the time.

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - Morning boy

St Patrick’s Day parades & other festivities

During this era, St Patrick’s Day was a reflection of the Irish diaspora’s pride and cultural identity, especially in the United States. Cities with significant Irish populations, like Boston and New York, hosted grand parades that drew thousands of spectators.

While the wearing o’ the green was a vital aspect of the occasion, these parades were also a display of unity, featuring traditional music, Irish dances, marchers in traditional Celtic attire and floats adorned with symbols of Ireland.

Beyond the public spectacles, families and communities gathered for more intimate celebrations, which often included feasting on dishes inspired by Irish cuisine.

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Trading St Patrick’s Day postcards

Another holiday tradition that helped set the tone for the holiday were the exchanges of St. Patrick’s Day postcards, a heartfelt practice that seemed to surge in popularity during this era.

These postcards were often elaborate works of art, decorated with intricate Celtic knots, bright green shamrocks and whimsical illustrations of leprechauns and pots of gold. They served as a means of connecting with loved ones — conveying blessings of good luck and prosperity and sharing the festive spirit of the day.

Here, we’ve curated a selection of vintage St. Patrick’s Day postcards capturing the essence and exuberance of the celebration. Each postcard offers us a glimpse of the styles, sentiments and cultural expressions of the time.

While these postcards were originally published over various years during the first two decades of the 20th century, several are from 1909, which appears to be a pretty big year for these greeting cards.

Vintage postcards to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

Antique St Patrick’s Day card: Girl with Irish Setter dog

Antique St Patrick's Day card - girl with Irish Setter dog


March 17th St Patrick’s Day antique postcard

March 17th St Patrick's Day antique postcard


Vintage St Patrick’s Day postcard – Waterford, Ireland

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - Waterford


Vintage postcard – Dear Irish Memories

A bit o’ blarney – St Patrick’s Day in the morning

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - Dear Irish Memories


Donegal Ireland scenery

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - Donegal Ireland scene


Vintage St Patrick’s Day postcard – Galway

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - Galway


Wooden staffs on a vintage St Patrick’s Day card

Wooden staff antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


A bit of Irish sod – ‘Erin-Go-Bragh’ retro card

A bit of Irish sod antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Bridge at Salmon Leap, Kenmare, Ireland postcard

Bridge at Salmon Leap, Kenmare, Ireland antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Family in Barnesmore Gap, Ireland vintage card

Family greetings antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Good fortune on St. Patrick’s Day retro illustration

Good fortune - 4 leaf clover antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Antique Irish dancers jig greeting card from 1909

Irish dancers jig antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Erin-go-bragh / Ireland Forever postcard

Irish flag antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


March 17th – ‘Sweet Irish Memories’ antique illustration

Irish maiden antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Vintage Irish pipe greeting card for St Patrick’s Day

Irish pipe antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


‘My Irish Daisy’ greeting card and poem

My Irish Daisy antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


St. Patrick’s Day greetings — Near Kincora, County Clare, Ireland

Near Kincora, County Clare, Ireland antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Shamrocks and friendship vintage postcard

Shamrocks and friendship antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Watering clovers and shamrocks antique illustration

Watering clovers and shamrocks antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


‘With every fond wish’ St. Patrick’s Day card

With every fond wish antique vintage St Patrick's Day card at ClickAmericana com


Vintage St Patrick’s Day postcard – Greetings

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - Greetings


St Patrick’s Day Celtic harp

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - St Celtic harp


Antique St Patrick’s Day postcard – Morning boy

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - Morning boy


Erin go bragh – Dear Irish memories

A bit o’ Blarney and lakes o’ Killarney / Will stir each Irish heart / For they bring sweet memories / that no earthly power can part.

Erin go bragh - Dear Irish memories


Here’s wishing you a bright and happy St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day greetings by artist Ellen Clapsaddle

Here's wishing you a bright and happy St Patrick's Day

Shamrock silk pie: Mint, chocolate & cream cheese dessert (1986)


Vintage St Patrick’s Day postcards: Erin go bragh

Ross Castle, Killarney — Irish inspiration

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcards: Erin go bragh


Antique Samuel Schmucker St Patrick’s Day postcard – Girl on Celtic harp

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcards - Antique Samuel Schmucker St. Patrick's Day postcard - Girl on Celtic harp


Vintage St Patrick’s Day postcard – The Harp of Erin

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - The Harp of Erin


The Maid of Erin playing a harp

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcards - The Maid of Erin playing a harp


Ireland and America handshake for St Paddy’s day

Ireland and America handshake for St Paddy's day


Vintage St Patrick’s Day postcard – Erin go bragh!

Here’s an Irishwoman in a green dress waving a flag with a golden harp.

Vintage St Patrick's Day postcard - Erin go bragh!

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