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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Easter

The Egg and I: 1950

The Egg and I: 1950

The little man in the nicely-pressed pants on Easter Sunday is me. Given the state of our lawn, you can see how hiding eggs in it was a snap. View full size.

Easter Greetings: 1922

Easter Greetings: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "933 G Street N.W." Happy Easter from Pearlman's and Shorpy. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Easter Baskets: 1970

Easter Baskets: 1970

Easter, 1970. My niece and nephews decked out in their Easter finery and other requisite accouterments. For extra points, pick out the wiseguy. Hint: It's not the Easter Bunny. Scanned from my sister's Kodacolor negative. View full size.

Atlantic City: 1900

Atlantic City: 1900

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1900. "Boardwalk, Easter morning." 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Washington Rabbit: 1911

Washington Rabbit: 1911

Washington, D.C., 1911. "Mrs. J.R. Band with pet rabbit." Happy Easter from Shorpy! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I Am the Egg Boy: 1950s

I Am the Egg Boy: 1950s

My cousin Stephen hunting Easter eggs at our grandmother's house in Anderson, Indiana. Probably the mid-1950s. Scanned from a 35mm Kodachrome transparency likely taken by our Aunt Lee. View full size.

You're Invited: 1930

You're Invited: 1930

From an old family scrapbook: "Come to our picnic and egg hunt at Bull Creek bridge Thursday April 17 1930 at 10 oclock." Inola, Oklahoma. View full size.

 
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