Vintage Crosses

Rebar Cross

Rebar Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010

All across New Mexico, small town cemetaries are filled with handmade shrines and gravestones. This simple welded cross sits at the top of an unmarked grave tucked into the corner of the Our Lady of Sorrows graveyard in Old Bernalillo.


Pressed Tinwork Cross

Pressed Tinwork Mexican Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Red Celtic Cross

Red Celtic Cross
Alexandra Grey 2009

Our Free Red Celtic Square Cross is a simplified version of an eighth century square Celtic cross-decorated vertical grave stone in Fahan Mura, Co. Donegal.

In early Britain, suicides were buried at the crossroad under the crude cross that the two roads represented, adding to the air of the supernatural. Crossroads also symbolize the space “betwixt and between” where miracles can happen and mystical forces could be contacted just before dawn.

The four cross arms of the square Celtic cross represent the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The center shows the 4 elements meeting at a crossroads.

This cross-decorated vertical grave stone is in Fahan Mura, Co. Donegal. Our Free Red Celtic Square Cross is a simplified version of this eighth century square Celtic cross.

The Fahan Mura Cross rests in a quiet graveyard next alongside the road from Letterkenny to Buncarna.

This early 7th century cross-slab is 6 1/2 feet and demonstrates a close connection with Scotland, where the shape is more common. The intertwined hand carved knotwork is believed to represent the Tree of Life with its roots on the earth and its branches high in the air symbolized a connection between heaven and earth.

For more images of the Fahan Mura Standing Slab, click here.

The Free Red Celtic Cross by Alexandra Grey is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.


Field of Wildflowers Story Cross with Carnations

Lazy cows amble in a field of spring wild flowers in the water color center of this pastel Vintage Easter Cross. Story Crosses were designed to showcase scenic views including pastoral scenes like this one. The well drawn carnations give the feel of looking through the card into another world. Charming, but I’m still not sure what cows have to do with Easter.

This Free Country Story Easter Cross with Carnations Greeting Card Clipart is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.


White Easter Lily Cross

White Lilies in pots are everywhere around Easter, flooding the grocery stores and vegetables stands here in Southern Oregon. The traditional White Lily has always symbolized purity and grace.

Vintage traditional Easter Greeting Cards, like this one, contrast the charm of the lilly with the solidness of the Cross.


Easter Lily Art Deco Cross

An updated version of a restored Easter Cross card shows off sprays of traditional vanilla Easter lilles. The celdon greenish-gray cross is embellished with subtle Art Deco elements. It’s a great combination of classics–lillies and cross–translated to the 20’s.

This Free Easter Lily Art Deco Cross Greeting Card Clipart is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.

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Vintage Easter Story Cross

A watercolor angel flies towards 3 crosses on the hill in this Vintage Easter Story Cross. Vintage cards and labels are taped to all my walls, providing artistic and spiritual inspiration. This is one I found in high school.

This Free Vintage Angel Easter Cross Greeting Card Clipart is available at Cross of the Day here.

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