Flower hats on puppies, protests and The Gallery’s bunny: 8 historical photos of Philly Easter

Easter bunny Gallery

Easter is a time for reflection, family and copious amounts of candy and flowers. Over the years, Philadelphia has celebrated this holiday with quite a bit of style, and Billy Penn has unearthed these eight memorable Easter moments. All photos come from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin via Temple University Libraries.

1950: The Insurance Company of North America building is lit up like a cross for Easter.

Easter Cross building

1962: Protesters against nuclear arms hold an Easter Peace Walk on the way to City Hall.

Easter Peace Walk

1966: Philly man wears the fanciest Easter outfit of all time and shows it off in Rittenhouse Square Park.

Easter Fancy

1967: Oh sorry Mr. Dapper Sir, it looks like you’ve been upstaged the very next year in Rittenhouse Square Park.

Easter fancy 2

1969: Happy Easter, puppies. No way you’ll receive an Easter hat as cute as the one on this poodle hanging out with her owner in Rittenhouse Square.

Easter Puppy

1974: Preschoolers compete for the most unusual Easter bonnet in Rhawnhurst.

Easter preschool

1977: Happy Easter, kid. Here’s a fresh…cactus?

Easter Cactus

1985: Oh that’s just the Easter Bunny. Riding the escalator at The Gallery.

Easter bunny Gallery

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