Hey, before you finish that chocolate bunny…

Most of us participated in an Easter celebration of one kind or another yesterday. But how many of you know where those traditions originated from? Well, like the Christmas tree, the Easter Bunny and colored eggs were brought to America by immigrants from southwestern Germany in the 1700s. This drawing is from that period and it’s believed to be one of the earliest depictions of an Easter rabbit. It also represents a Pennsylvania German tradition of decorated manuscripts known as fraktur, which include birth and baptismal certificates, family records, writing samples, and book-plates. It was recently acquired at the Pook & Pook auction house in Downingtown, Pennsylvania by the Winterthur Museum. It will be on display through the Easter holiday and Mother’s Day, after which it will be taken down and treated by the museum’s conservation staff to remove dirt and grime from the paper. Thanks to Art Daily for sharing it.

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