The earliest known depiction of the Easter bunny in the United States was acquired by the Winterthur Museum in 2011. The drawing from 1800 is by schoolmaster Johann Conrad Gilbert, who immigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany. In fact, the Pennsylvania Germans brought many Easter traditions to America, which had their origins in the Pagan holiday celebrating the beginning of spring, known as Eostre. The hare, which is one of the most prolific animals in nature, was considered a symbol of fertility, and children would prepare baskets of colorful eggs for the hare to sit on.

Christians adopted these traditions for Easter, in which believers celebrate the resurrection of the messiah Jesus Christ. But the themes of birth, rebirth, and renewal remain constant. The grass is green, flowers are blooming, baby animals are being born. It’s a time of year when everything seems dewy and new. That’s why vintage postcards for Easter, especially those from the Victorian era, are so charming, with their depictions of fuzzy bunnies, newly hatched chicks, children and young women dressed in their Sunday best, and beautiful pastel flowers.

Postcard artists like Fitz Baumgarten, Ellen Clapsaddle, and H.B. Griggs all produced lovely Easter postcards, as did top publishers like Raphael Tuck and Gibson Art Company. More religious vintage Easter postcards show devout images of Jesus or the cross.

Easter postcards from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries are common. The most collectible feature animals like chicks and rabbits dressed in human clothes. Arthur Thiele, who designed thousands of cards for Theo Stroefer of Nuremberg (TSN), is one of the most popular of the anthropomorphic postcard artists.

John Winsch published particularly clever Easter cards, many designed by Samuel Schumucker, using die-cut pop-up projections. Some would have, say, a gated fence, that could be opened to reveal a bunch of adorable bunnies.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Carthalia

Carthalia

Andreas Praefcke's postcard collection of theatres and concert halls worldwide. Showcases 3700 images of over 1810 … [read review or visit site]

Tall Tale Postcards

Tall Tale Postcards

Don't let this one get away from you. This 'unbelievable' collection, from the Wisconsin Historical Society, featur… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Huge Postcard Resale Dealer Lot Of 250 Vintage Era Easter Greetings Postcards Rabbit - Bunny - Jugglers - Performers - Happy Easter Greetings - DbWell Dressed Mr. And Mrs. Rabbit - Happy Easter Greetings - Udb1,500 Vintage Postcards Linen Litho Crome Birthday States Places Easter HolidayHumanized Easter Rabbit Market Wife W Egg Basket 1904 Must L@@k !!!Antique Postcard Lot Easter Greetings Embossed Children Chick Rabbit (pt274)Lot Of 31 Holiday Postcards - Damaged -easter - Thanksgiving - ValentineRabbit Painting Eggs - Easter Greetings - DbC1901 Hungarian Art Postcard Dressed Rabbit Band Plays Music Easter GreetingsEaster Greetings Humanized Bunny Rabbit Large Egg Flowers PostcardEaster Girl Basket Eggs Uns Clapsaddle--antique Vintage Wolf Postcard!Antique Vintage Easter Holiday Greeting Postcard Huge Lot Of 96 BunnyLot Of 80+ Vintage Postcards - All Easter - 1900-1920's EraEaster Postcard Bunny Rabbits Dress As People Driving Vintage Automobile #312Vintage Postcard Album Of 111 Christmas, Easter, Historical, Landscapes, Travel1908 Easter Postcard Elf In Tree With Flute & Rabbits Dancing Around Pink Egg1¢ Wonders ~ Easter Postcard W/ "large Bunny On Gold Leaf" ~ #vp8411¢ Wonders ~ Easter Postcard W/ "children Running With Chicks" ~ #vp868Lot Of 25 Antique Early 1900s Holiday Postcards * Easter *Easter Greetings - Rabbit Delivering Basket Of Eggs - Smoking Pipe Postcard #441C.1910 Embossed Easter Postcard Rabbit Looking At A Frog- PostedFantasy Chicken & Rabbit In Clothes At Table Iap Easter Vintage PostcardChick With Fern In Beek An A/s Clapsaddle Easter Vintage Postcard1910 Postcard Easter, Baby Chick & Basket Of Eggs1¢ Wonders ~ Gold Leaf Postcard W/ "oversized Easter Egg" ~ #vp837Rabbits Driving Auto Crash To Open Egg - Easter Greetings - Pm 1908 - DbFantasy Easter~rabbit Band~base Violin~drums~symbols~horns~violets~emboss~bwEaster Angel Lady Signed Clapsaddle--antique Vintage Wolf Postcard!C.1909 Easter Postcard Gold Embossed Gnome In Egg House & Rabbits In ClothesLot 3 Easter Holiday Postcards 1 Clapsaddle Artist Signed Fantasy Angel Hj1268Old Holiday Easter Postcard Fantasy Flower Women Faces Daffodil Schmucker WinschLot Of 4 Vintage Easter Postcards Two Artist Signed Gene CarrBunny In Easter Egg Shell Hanging From Ribbon Pussywillows Easter Gel PostcardWhitney Bluebirds Fly In Clouds By Birdhouse Daffodils Below Easter Emb Postcard1¢ Wonders ~ "free Military" French Easter Postcard W/ "festive Chicks"~#vp8441¢ Wonders ~ Easter Postcard W/ "festive Bunny Scene" ~ #vp839Vintage Easter Cards Lot Of 9; Most Embossed, Divided, 1909-1915, German, SaxonyRppc Omaha Nebraska Ne Tornado Storm Aftermath Of Cyclone Easter 1913 Real PhotoEaster~big Black Rabbit & Hen Lay Together~meadow Daffodils~1907~ernest NisterEaster~alien Pixie Fairies Color Eggs~pink Bat Wings~embossed~whitney MadeAntique Postcard Lot Religious Easter Greetings Angel Embossed (pt342)Antique Postcard Lot Religious Easter Christmas Angel Embossed (pt341)A Joyful Easter Bunny Rabbit Chicken Chick Driving Wagon Embossed Postcard PcMaguire ? Black Kitty Cat W Easter Egg Knapsack - FrenchVintage Easter Postcard Rabbit Driving Wagon With 3 Chicks Postmarked 1912 PaA/s Rose Oneill, Cupie, Chick And Frog Happy EasterRabbit Pushing Baby Chicks In Wheelbarrow Of Flowers, Antique Emb 1910 Easter PcPfb Antique Old Holiday Easter Postcard Cute Little Girl Chicken Hen Rooster Clapsaddle Chicks In Big Easter Egg W Puple Bow & Violets Flowerrs Emb PostcardLot Of 4 Vintage Easter Postcards By WhitneyLot Of 3 Vintage Easter Postcards Hen And Chicks EmbossedHen Rooster & Chicks Color Eggs See Children Easter Embossed PostcardChicks Play By Gold Footed Vase Violets Pink Ribbon Easter Embossed PostcardRabbit & Baby Chick With Roses An Gloss Easter Vintage PostcardEaster Embossed Postcard/ Dutch Girl Holding Basket Of Daisies/ Chicks/1¢ Wonders ~ "free Military" French Easter Postcard W/ "chicks And Bells"~#vp8431¢ Wonders ~ Easter Postcard W/ "festive Angel Scene" On Silver Leaf ~ #vp840Antique Postcard Album Christmas New Year Easter Birthday 1915-1930 - 53 CardsEaster Greetings - Teacher Rooster - Students / Chicks W/ Backpacks - PostcardVintage 1970s Lenticular 3d Postcard Easter Eggs