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Easter Bunny Postcards

Easter postcards were very popular during the early years of postcard collecting and many are still available to collectors. If you like "cute" or want to bring back the childhood excitement of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" or hearing the song "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," you will enjoy collecting Easter bunny postcards.* The most desirable are the ones categorized as "dressed rabbits" or "animals doing people things."

The Easter bunny is a nonreligious symbol of Easter originating in pre-Christian fertility lore. Rabbits and hares, along with chicks and eggs, symbolize new life in the spring. The rabbit's association with eggs is believed to be of German origin. An old German fable has the Easter bunny laying eggs and hiding them in the garden. The Easter bunny was said to lay colored eggs the night before Easter Sunday.

Like the Easter bunny himself, most of the dressed rabbit cards are of German origin. Many of the cards show the rabbits doing things such as participating in sports, dancing, playing music, or decorating eggs.

Among my favorites are the ones showing the rabbit actually painting or delivering the eggs.

Others I especially enjoy are the cards picturing children with the rabbits. These really make me feel a part of a fantasy world where rabbits dress and act just like people.

*"Here Comes Peter Cottontail" was written in 1950 by Jack Nelson and Steve Rollins who also wrote "Frosty the Snowman."

Here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity, hoppity,
Easter's on its way.

Bringin' every girl and boy
Baskets full of Easter joy,
Things to make your Easter bright and gay.
He's got jelly beans for Tommy,
Colored eggs for sister Sue,
There's an orchid for your Mommy
And an Easter bonnet, too.

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Happy Easter day.

Here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Look at him stop,
and listen to him say:
" Try to do the things you should."
Maybe if you're extra good,
He'll roll lots of Easter eggs your way.

You'll wake up on Easter morning
And you'll know that he was there
When you find those choc'late bunnies
That he's hiding ev'rywhere.

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Happy Easter day.

 

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