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Free Floral Vintage Christmas Cards

Anyone who celebrates Christmas (and probably even those who don't) know that these floral elements usually accompany the Christmas holiday: holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and pine boughs and cones. Images of those "flowers" are ubiquitous in vintage Christmas cards, and you'll see plenty of examples of those below. But I thought it also would be interesting to provide some cards that don't have the traditional floral elements or that only incorporate them as an addition to other flowers more associated with other seasons of the year. The first group of cards below does just that.

Please follow the instructions below to download the best version of each vintage Christmas card:

Download Instructions

1. Please read the terms of use (you'll find these in the clickable Rules of the Road image further down on the page) before downloading to make sure the way you want to use the images is allowed.

2. To download, choose a small version of any of the vintage floral Christmas cards above the large images to the right and across the bottom of the page. When you click on one of the images, it will appear larger.

3. If you have a PC, just right-click and save the final version of the artwork to your hard drive. If you have a Mac, control-click the Christmas card image until you see an option to save the image.

About These Cards

One of the cards features poppies, which I associate with California in the spring. If memory serves, the poppy is the state flower of California. When I was growing up in Los Angeles, poppies would sometimes grow by the freeway on-ramps. They've probably given way to more drought-tolerant plants at this point, but I remember the colors being beautiful and the flowers quite delicate-looking for their locations that were shrouded in car exhaust.

There's also a cute puppy and an adorable little girl with what I imagine are violets or lavender.The Christmas bell also looks like it has violets incorporated ito the design. There are also hydrangeas, geraniums, chrysanthemums and lilies, along with what are probably some made-up flowers. It doesn't matter, as long as they look pretty!

The other cards feature holly and poinsettias, with a little mistletoe thrown in for good measure. My particular favorite is the hot air balloon with holly and mistletoe. Apparently this image was actually a Christmas gift tag because it has "To" and "From" printed on it. This one is perfect if you want to make vintage-look gift tags as gifts or to sell this holiday season.

The cards hail from various eras, but I know at least one of them is 100 years old, because it as "1908" printed on it. Some of them are even older than that, which you can tell by the clothing styles.

There were also a variety of printing techniques used in the production of these cards when they were new. Some of them even had gold foil stamped on them, and you can see the remnants of that in the scans.

I hope you enjoy these vintage Christmas cards. I'm sure you'll find plenty of uses for them!

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Looking for More Vintage Art?

The Free Clip Art Sourcebook has a vast selection of vintage and contemporary art for most major holidays, as well as for many other subjects. Art formats include clip art, vintage cards, paper dolls, craft templates, gift certificates and more. Each piece of art at each of the many links are completely free -- and the book is also free to download! I designed the book to keep track of all the clip art pages I've created online, so I decided to share it to make it easier for all of us to find good clip art when we need it.

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Comments

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on August 18, 2011:

Thanks! I appreciate your kind words. :-)

PinkSalmom on August 18, 2011:

You are so generous! Thank you big time!!! God bless your heart :)

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 08, 2009:

Thanks, Adria and Jane! Happy holidays to you. :-)

Adria on December 08, 2009:

Thank you so very much for sharing these, you are the best!!!

Janeisgreen on November 28, 2009:

Thank-you so much for sharing these lovely images! I'm going to use some on the gift baskets in my shop. I'm so happy to have found you - I'm now following you on Twitter, too (SmallbonesShop).

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 17, 2009:

Thanks, Rocio! Greetings from South Florida. :-)

Rocio on November 17, 2009:

Very nice pics! thank you Greetings from México :)

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on August 13, 2009:

You're welcome, Barbara. :-)

Barbara on August 13, 2009:

this is so nice to have access to so many beautiful images, and not have to pay high prices for them.

Many thanks

simplyjo on July 22, 2009:

Wow - These cards are truly lovely.

If you get some time, do check out my Christmas hugs too !

Cheers !

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on June 23, 2009:

Thanks, Dara and Mary. :-)

Mary L. White on June 23, 2009:

Thank you for all your clip art. There are so many beautiful pictures to chose and use. I have told many people about your site.

dara on June 15, 2009:

thank you. They are beautiful!

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on March 09, 2009:

Hi, Gail. That's why I love vintage images too. They're like a time machine.

Gail on March 09, 2009:

Love the nastalgia of these cards. It takes me back.

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 08, 2008:

Thanks for your kind words, NCE. I'm so glad you stopped by.

NCE on December 08, 2008:

What a fun site I have happened upon!! Great site and I know I will be visiting often. Thank you for sharing this beautiful era with us. How kind of you.

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 05, 2008:

You're welcome, Sharon. I'm glad you enjoyed the cards. :-)

Sharon on December 05, 2008:

Thank you so much for sharing the vintage cards. It brought back so many memories of my childhood. It was such a pleasure seeing your cards, again Thank You

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 02, 2008:

You're welcome! :-)

MRS Great Caruso on December 02, 2008:

Wow...great cards!!! Thank for the info!!

Dragonflyqueen on November 30, 2008:

This is a gift ! Clydeskid said it well.....thank you for sharing all this charm and elegance...You make the world a better place ! Blessings, light and love to you !

Prosperity66 on November 30, 2008:

Lots of wonderful pictures! and lots of them I didn't know about!

clydeskid on November 29, 2008:

I am the most nostalgic, sentimental person in the world so, of course, I love the cards. So elegant, so charming and so special in a world lacking an abundance of either. Thank you.

Write On! from United States on November 29, 2008:

I just love these. Thank you for sharing:-)

Write On!

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 27, 2008:

I've said the same thing myself!

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on November 27, 2008:

I love vintage and these are beautiful I think sometimes I was born in the wrong time.:)

Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 27, 2008:

Thanks, ajcor. I purchased them. I love vintage art, so I was excited when I found a source that had diverse pieces I could buy.

ajcor from NSW. Australia on November 27, 2008:

gorgeous cards - how do you find all these lovely vintage cards? well done and thanks...cheers