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15 Vintage Images Show Just How Much Easter Has Changed Over Time

Long before plastic eggs, marshmallow peeps and bunnies at the mall, Easter was about bonnets, pretty dresses and celebrating one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar. To go back in time, we assembled this collection of vintage photos that harken back to a simpler, much less commercial holiday.

What was Easter like when you were a kid? How do you mark Easter today? Let us know in comments.

  • 1 Easter Candy
    Girl enjoys a huge chocolate Easter egg in 1930.
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    Girl enjoys a huge chocolate Easter egg in 1930.
  • 2 Easter Shopping
    Easter shopping in London in 1936.
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    Easter shopping in London in 1936.
  • 3 Easter Egg Rolls
    Eleanor Roosevelt greets children at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1936. This year, more than 35,000 people are expected
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    Eleanor Roosevelt greets children at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1936. This year, more than 35,000 people are expected to gather for the annual event on the South Lawn.
  • 4 Easter Services
    Two women leaving church in Harlem on Easter Sunday in 1943, wearing their Sunday best.
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    Two women leaving church in Harlem on Easter Sunday in 1943, wearing their Sunday best.
  • 5 Celebrities And Easter
    American actress Susan Hayward celebrating Easter.
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    American actress Susan Hayward celebrating Easter.
  • 6 Another Celebrity and Easter
    Apparently a lot of celebrities -- including Doris Day -- have loved Easter.
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    Apparently a lot of celebrities -- including Doris Day -- have loved Easter.
  • 7 Babies And Easter
    Baby and baby chick, in the 1950s.
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    Baby and baby chick, in the 1950s.
  • 8 Easter Trees
    Easter trees were definitely a thing -- especially in the 1950s.
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    Easter trees were definitely a thing -- especially in the 1950s.
  • 9 Easter Breakfast
    The traditional exchange of chocolate eggs at Easter breakfast in 1955.
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    The traditional exchange of chocolate eggs at Easter breakfast in 1955.
  • 10 Easter Parade
    Crowds pack Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1956 to watch the Easter Parade.
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    Crowds pack Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1956 to watch the Easter Parade.
  • 11 Easter Bonnets
    Children with their bonnets and candy.
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    Children with their bonnets and candy.
  • 12 Nice Easter Bunnies
    Stars of the "Our Gang" series dressed up for Easter.
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    Stars of the "Our Gang" series dressed up for Easter.
  • 13 Sexy Easter Bunny
    A bunny pinup.
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    A bunny pinup.
  • 14 Elaborate Adult Easter Bonnets
    Women decked out in their Easter bonnets, in 1971.
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    Women decked out in their Easter bonnets, in 1971.
  • 15 An Even More Elaborate Easter Bonnet
    Woman posing with her Easter bonnet.
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    Woman posing with her Easter bonnet.
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