35 Charming Vintage Photos of How Easter Used to Be Celebrated

35 Charming Vintage Photos of How Easter Used to Be Celebrated

Ready for church

Family during an Easter celebration, 1959.Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images

A mother holds the hands of her two little girls as they head to church on Easter Sunday morning. They're all smiles and happy to be wearing their pretty dresses.

Austen Gray and wife Alice Munroe Burnham, New York City, Easter 1913

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While Atlantic City may be the oldest official Easter Parade, New York City's unofficial Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue is older—it's been taking place since the 1870s. Fifth Avenue was where the well-to-do worshiped. As Easter displays at the stretch's churches became more elaborate, so did people's clothing. Churchgoers would stroll along the avenue after services, to show off their attire and to admire the flowers at other churches. By the 1880s, New York's parade had become one of the best known Easter traditions in America.

Easter Sunday was the time of the year for people to display their finest hats; the couple shown here both don stylish toppers. (Fun fact: Nine years before this photo was taken, the pair was the cause of nationwide scandal because they wed in secret in Newport, Rhode Island. The reason? Burnham's parents disapproved of Gray).

Easter Egg Roll, 1963

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Two young children take a break after participating in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C., on April 6. 

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