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Earliest known American depicition of the Easter Bunny

I hope you all had an excellent long Easter weekend; I know I did! The Winterthur Museum in Deleware has acquired one of the earlier known American depictions of the Easter Bunny, an illustration which dates back to the 18th century.

Together with the Christmas tree, the custom of the Easter rabbit and colored eggs was brought to America by immigrants from southwestern Germany in the 1700s, and has become a favorite American tradition. This delightful image is attributed to schoolmaster Johann Conrad Gilbert (1734–1812), who emigrated from Germany in 1757 and ultimately settled in Berks County , Pennsylvania . He likely made the drawing as a gift for one of his students. A similar drawing, also attributed to Gilbert, is in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg.

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