Vintage Easter: Books & Bonnets

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Here on the blog we have a category dedicated to all things vintage called the Friday Find and this week I found our Friday Find on Pinterest while searching for vintage Easter books. Some of my favorite memories of Easter are picking out my Easter bonnet with my Mom and reading my favorite books about bunnies and Easter. While pinning I stumbled upon my favorite Easter book, The Golden Egg Book, by Golden Book and a few others that brought back Easter memories. That is the beauty of Pinterest, you can quickly scan through hundreds of  images that link back to the perfect website to find what you are searching for. The article from KC Edventures gives suggestions for their top eight vintage books including my two favorites, perfect to get everyone in the spirit of the season.

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The Golden Egg Book (Big Little Golden Book) When I was little I would carry this book around and stare at the cover, I just loved the bold colors and how it felt like instant Easter to me. Published in 1947, the book tells the story of a little bunny who finds an egg,  hears sounds from within the egg and imagines all kinds of animals who might hatch, so he tries to open the egg to meet a friend.

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The Country Bunny (And the Little Gold Shoes) Written in 1939 and still widely read today. It’s the story of how the Easter Bunny gets all the eggs delivered in time for Easter morning by choosing helper bunnies. The first four bunnies chosen are all boys, but the fifth bunny chosen is a mother bunny to 21 little rabbits.  She demonstrates that she has the skills needed to join the Easter Bunny’s team. Sweet book.

Now onto those sweet Easter Bonnets, their history dates back farther in time than Easter itself. The first bonnets consisted of a simple circle of leaves and flowers, symbolizing the cycle of the seasons and the coming of Spring. The Easter after the Civil War was called the Sunday of Joy, on this day mothers and daughters were allowed to come out of mourning wearing pastel colors and incorporating the spring flowers. In 1870 the first Easter Parade was held in New York City, permitting women to proudly show off the latest Spring fashions and Easter bonnets. This tradition continues today with slightly more creative versions of the bonnet. On Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 check out the Easter bonnets in New York City as you wander along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets (the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the ideal place to see the parade running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m).

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When my daughter was little I could never find just the right color to match her dress. The solution, Esty and their fabulous handmade Easter bonnets. One of my favorites is created by a Grandmother who started making bows and later hats for her granddaughter before she could even wear them, Isabella’s Hats and Bows. Are you a fan of Easter bonnets and have you ever attended the Easter Parade in New York City? 

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  • Connie

    I love and remember new shoes, bonnets, Easter egg dying, our family dinners (still do that, but don’t wear a bonnet). Looks like you were destined to be a designer, with the love of the “bold colors” in your favorite Golden Book.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

      Thanks for sharing your Easter memories, so sweet. Yes, I have always been crazy for color :)

  • http://twitter.com/KCEdventures Jacquie Fisher

    Thanks so much for sharing our list of vintage books! Loving your Friday Find posts. I only remember having an Easter hat one year (I think that was all it took for my mom to realize that it would be carried around more than worn). I do remember wearing coats over our beautiful new dresses when Easter came early like this year – would have rather worn a beautiful bonnet :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

      Our pleasure Jacquie, I was so excited to see my favorite book and wanted to share all of your fabulous picks with my readers ;) That’s funny about the hat, have a Happy Easter!

  • Michael Deena Taylor

    May many more discover the joy of dressing up for church on Easter morning to celebrate its true meaning. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Amen Michael & have a joyous Easter