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Free Vintage St. Patrick's Day Cards: Irish Lads

Updated on February 20, 2015

I couldn't resist posting these vintage Irish lads St. Patrick's Day cards, which were designed to greet people for the iconic holiday most people celebrate in March, whether they're Irish or not. Apparently it used to be quite popular to send St. Patrick's Day greeting cards, much more so than it is today. That's why there's a great selection of vintage cards available in digital form.

Unless you're Irish, you might be wondering what "lad" means. Some define a lad as a young man, never a boy. But others stretch the term to cover boys and men. Some definitions even use the term to mean companion, comrade or mate. No matter the age or exact definition, though, the term lad comes from "ladde," which is of Celtic origin. For this reason the term is often associated with Irish males.

Some of the lads on these free St.Patrick's Day greeting cards are regular boys, goofing around (with pigs, of all things) and generally being merry for St. Patrick's Day. Others are more serious, even though one of them is dancing. Many of them are dressed in ways we would probably consider strange today. But the style of dress for each is indicative of the time from which these came.These vintage Saint Patrick's Day cards aren't dated, but one comes from the Colonial era, or at least was designed to depict a Colonial lad.

St. Patrick's Day Irish Lads Cards

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St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green pants "Erin go Bragh"St Patricks Day cards: Irish lad with blue cape, purple pants with large shamrock behind himSaint Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad with bindle "Erin Go Bragh"St. Patricks Day cards: Irish lad with shamrocks and pig "Good Fortune on St. Patrick's Day"St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad with large shamrock and pig "Greetings on St. Patrick's Day"Saint Patricks Day cards: Irish lad dancing on shamrocks in front of a harp "St. Patrick's Day Greetings"St. Patrick's Day cards: Colonial Irish lad in green coat with green top hat and shamrocks "To Greet You on St. Patrick's Day"St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with black top hat "The Top 'o the Mornin' to You"St Patricks Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with green top hat in front of shamrock design "Erin Go Bragh"St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with pig "Dear Old Ireland"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green pants "Erin go Bragh"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green pants "Erin go Bragh"
St Patricks Day cards: Irish lad with blue cape, purple pants with large shamrock behind him
St Patricks Day cards: Irish lad with blue cape, purple pants with large shamrock behind him
Saint Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad with bindle "Erin Go Bragh"
Saint Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad with bindle "Erin Go Bragh"
St. Patricks Day cards: Irish lad with shamrocks and pig "Good Fortune on St. Patrick's Day"
St. Patricks Day cards: Irish lad with shamrocks and pig "Good Fortune on St. Patrick's Day"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad with large shamrock and pig "Greetings on St. Patrick's Day"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad with large shamrock and pig "Greetings on St. Patrick's Day"
Saint Patricks Day cards: Irish lad dancing on shamrocks in front of a harp "St. Patrick's Day Greetings"
Saint Patricks Day cards: Irish lad dancing on shamrocks in front of a harp "St. Patrick's Day Greetings"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Colonial Irish lad in green coat with green top hat and shamrocks "To Greet You on St. Patrick's Day"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Colonial Irish lad in green coat with green top hat and shamrocks "To Greet You on St. Patrick's Day"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with black top hat "The Top 'o the Mornin' to You"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with black top hat "The Top 'o the Mornin' to You"
St Patricks Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with green top hat in front of shamrock design "Erin Go Bragh"
St Patricks Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with green top hat in front of shamrock design "Erin Go Bragh"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with pig "Dear Old Ireland"
St. Patrick's Day cards: Irish lad in green coat with pig "Dear Old Ireland"

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2. To download any of the free vintage St.Patrick's Day cards, choose a thumbnail version of one of them in the right column. When you click on one of the images, it will appear larger. Once you've chosen an image and see it larger, double-click on it, which will make the best version of the art appear. Then, 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 image until a pop-up menu appears that gives you the option to save it.

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Looking for Vintage Images for St. Patrick's Day and Other Holidays?

Then you might be interested in the Free Clip Art Sourcebook, a free PDF e-book with links to free vintage and contemporary clip art and greeting card images, including vintage St. Patrick's Day clip art and many other images for St. Patrick's Day. No registration information is required and it's free to download!

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