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Vintage postcards celebrate the 4th of July

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Vintage illustrated color postcards celebrate the Fourth of July with patriotic colors and symbols of American independence: “Uncle Sam” kisses the hand of Lady Liberty; a young boy in a sailor’s suit lights firecrackers; children stand with the Liberty Bell as they wave flags and much more.

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Illustrated color postcard celebrating the American holiday, the Fourth of July, showing a patriotic sailor boy with a firecracker wheel. (Photo: Kean Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)


Illustrated color postcard celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, depicting ‘Uncle Sam’ kissing the hand of the Statue of Liberty. (Photo: Kean Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)


A color lithograph postcard, circa 1915, shows a young boy dressed in a sailor’s suit carrying an American flag over his left shoulder. He is lighting firecrackers arranged in a semi-circle to celebrate the 4th of July. Accompanying copy states ‘Hurrah for the glorious Fourth.’ (Photo: Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)


July Fourth postcard with spirit of ’76 theme. (Photo: K.J. Historical/Corbis via Getty Images)


An illustrated postcard shows Uncle Sam celebrating Independence Day, 1908. (Photo: Kean Collection/Getty Images)


“July Fourth Greetings: Liberty Forever” vintage postcard. (Photo: K.J. Historical/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)


“I’ll be busted on the 4th.” Vintage postcard. (Photo: Rykoff Collection/Corbis via Getty Images)


Illustrated color postcard showing an American soldier and the colors of the American flag, to celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day. (Photo: Kean Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)


Illustrated color postcard celebrating the American holiday, the Fourth of July, showing children in patriotic colors with the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence. (Photo: Kean Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)


Fourth of July postcard circa 1910, shows a boy dressed as Uncle Sam holding bouquet of flowers. (Photo: Samantha Vuignier/Corbis via Getty Images)


‘Fourth of July Hurrah!’ vintage postcard. (Photo: K.J. Historical/Corbis via Getty Images)


“4th of July. Teach him to hold the flag holy and high for the sake of its sacred dead.” Vintage postcard. (Photo: Rykoff Collection/Corbis via Getty Images)


‘Yankee Doodle came to town,’ Fourth of July postcard. (Photo: Swim Ink 2, Corbis via Getty Images)