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    

Dressed Rabbits Wedding.latvian Easter Postcard.Easter Greeting Fantasy Egg Dressed People Pm 1906 Udb Old Holiday PostcardEaster Greeting Dressed Rabbit Painting Eggs At Rustic Table Chicks WatchingEaster Greetings Dressed Chicks Playing Instruments Antique Postcard (j25267)1905 Era Nister Angels Pop-up Postcard Easter Verse Peace N Joy Glamorous Woman In Stunning Red Hat"easter Greetings"1912 - Antique Postcard Lot Of 50 Antique Early 1900s Holiday Postcards *easter*christmas*birthday *++Group Lot Of 100 Holiday Christmas Easter Thanksgiving Etc - Postcards 1900s-20sJoyous Easter Greetings Showing Bunny Face In Blue Border Antique Pc V13431Easter Greeting Chicks Dancing One With Old Radio And Hat Antique Pc (y6001)Vintage Holiday Postcard "a Bright Easter" Good Condition3712. Real Photo Rppc 1925 Chas Pappas Lewiston Maine Me Easter FashionE Nash Easter Greeting Lot Of 2 Bunny Rabbits Colored Eggs Baskets Old PostcardEaster Greeting Fantasy Dressed Rabbit Tuxedo Hat Framed In Henhouse EmbossedHappy Easter Post Card;sailor In Egg Shell Sailboat & Greeting;White Daffodil Flowers^holy Cross^joyous Easter^1923 Vintage Art PostcardSheep^daffodils^rose Flowers^cross^early 1900s Vintage Easter PostcardOld Lake Scene^pink Rose Flower Cross^1913 Vintage Easter Greeting PostcardDaisy Flowers^best Easter Wishes^1914 Vintage Art Postcard Embossed72 Old Pc Postcards Ornate Sayings Good Luck Flower Easter Best Wishes GreetingsDressed Rabbit Hear Transmitter,radio.latvian Easter Postcard.Group Lot Of 100 Easter Postcards 1900s-20sMela Koehler Artist Signed Art / Deco Easter Vintage Postcard Postage Due 1932 Easter Greetings Cute Rabbits Heading To Market From Bunnyville MushroomsOld Easter Greetings Postcard ~ Two Rabbits In An Egg Embossed No 196Pretty Lady"a Joyous Easter",schlesinger Bros.1908 - Antique Postcard Art Deco Egg Tulip Country Scene Pink Easter Holiday Greeting Postcard UnusedPostcard Lot Of 5 Antique Easter Cards1911 Postcard Loving Easter Greetings Rabbits & Chicks, Large Pink EggApple Blossom Flowers^old Country Scene^1922 Vintage Gibson Easter Art PostcardForget Me Not Flowers^pussy Willow^best Easter Wishes^vintage PostcardEaster Greetings Postcard Old Vintage Card View Standard Souvenir Postal Post Pc