With Easter comes spring. What better way to celebrate both occasions than a new hat, dress or jacket? Our readers shared photos of their families dressed in their finest spring outfits—bonnets and all!
"I can still remember the color of my new Easter coat in 1950," says Carol Derks (at right) of Newaygo, Michigan. "It was orchid and white. I'm with my sister, Connie, and our Polish grandmother, whom we called 'Babci.'"
"In this picture of my from 1958, taken in our home in Indianapolis, it's hard to distinguish where the centerpiece ends and my hat begins," jokes Jean Angel of Florissant, Missouri. "But, oh, how I loved that hat!"
"That's me and my cousin David in my grandmother's yard on my first Easter, in 1954," shares Kathy VanMeter Dalton of Rutland, Ohio. "The little wheelbarrow is my first Easter basket, made by my clever dad."
"In 1941, my sister, Bernie, and I talked our future husbands, Bud and Brownie, into an excursion to New York City to walk in the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue," says Belle Brown of Bristol, Connecticut. "I bought a new hat for the occasion. It was navy blue straw, about 4 inches high, with large white daisies on the front. Brownie thought my hat was perfect, until he had to chase it down the street when the breeze blew it off my head! That's us behind the couple passing the policeman (at right)."
"Some 30 years ago, on an April afternoon, each member of the 'Friday 14' club of Thawville, Illinois, wore an Easter hat of her own design to the club meeting," says Marian Zick of Roberts. "My sister, Marge (right), won second prize with a hat she fashioned from her husband's sun helmet."
"My dear friend Monette Simpson (right) and her sister, Frances, modeled their Easter outfits before going to church," shares Irene Hutton of Springville, California. "The photo was taken in San Antonio, Texas, in 1927."
"The picture of our two girls and youngest son (left) was taken on a bitter cold Easter morning in 1957," writes Mrs. O. Salisbury of New Port Richey, Florida. "But they wanted to dress up in their spring coats, even if it was cold."
"This picture of our daughter, Barbara, and her cousin, Michael Gilinsky, was taken on Easter Sunday 1959," says Edna Whelan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey.