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April 4, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Unusual collection of Easter chicks

What some bunny brought. Wonder if the receiver was hoppy about it.

Easter postcard of woman in Easter egg, ca.l1910. (USPD artiat life, Lib, SMU/

Even in 1910 the marketing dept. made sure the company had something for everyone.  Love the line “You can return any series we send that is unsuitable to your trade at our expense.” Hmmm. Do you think they had an inkling? (USPD/DeGolyer Lib, SMU/

Three chicks in a boot with others outside. Easter postcard.1921 Tuck & Sons (USPD. artist life/

“No, my chicks cannot come out until their rooms are scratched clean. Even then, you look like a rough flock to be flappin’ around with.” (Easter postcard.1921 Tuck & Sons/USPD/

Yellow chick standing on top of broken egg with brown chick inside. Oilette 1919 postcard. Tuck &Sons (USPD., artist life/

“A Happy Easter” Really? Someone doesn’t sound too happy. Holiday stress, I guess. Older siblings are always so know-it-all and bossy. Odd that chicks of all kinds seem to clique up and pick out someone to peck at. Where does that come from? Chicken or the egg thing. (1919.USPD/

Easter chicks staring at bug. 1908 Tuck & Sons (USPD., artist life/

A caution of “Don’t touch it” for the young discovering the world. Always a place for cute educational material. They had creepy crawlers, and we have some creeps crawling through the internet. Oh, well, lots of cute, warm and fuzzy kitty and puppy videos! Fly with those.(1908.USPD/

Five chicks chasing a butterfly. Easter postcard 1908. TUck & Sons (USPD, artist life/

“Catch it and maybe it will teach us how to fly. Fly? Is that what we turn into?” Hey, that is too a logical assumption for a bird brain.(1908 USPD/

Six chicks and a frog. Easter postcard. 1908 Raphael Tuck & Sons (USPD. artist life,

Six chicks and a frog. Sounds like a movie marquee…or a tv commercial for a reality show.(1908. USPD/

Chicks hiding in flower pot. Easter postcard. 1908 Tuck & Sons postcard.(USPD. life/

Either this is a ’50’s style “Duck and Cover” practice drill for hawks or some smart fowl is engaged in convincing chicks that snipe hunts are real.(1908.USPD/

Three baby chicks. One with wings spread wide. Easter postcard. 1900-09 (USPD., artist life/

“It was this big. I swear. The worm was this big….” Yeah, right.(USPD/

Five Easter chicks peeking out of their shells. 1921 Easter postcard. Tuck & Sons (USPD., artist life/

Five Easter chicks peeking out of their shells. Sort of like Dr Fauci and the CDC’s recommendations for Easter. Passover, and Spring celebrations…Fly! Fly now! Go for the free range, chicks! (1921.USPD/

Have a lovely Easter, Passover, Spring holiday,

or just a fabulous weekend.

(Without scratchy clothes you rarely wear, white gloves that better stay white so be careful what you touch, ruffled socks that won’t evenly stay up, and new white patent shoes you better not scuff or grow out of until fall – And with all that, “Stop fidgeting and smile at the camera. THAT is not a smile. A grimace. Stop crushing that Easter lily. For goodness sake, for once, behave as lovely as your older brother.”)

Yeah, we’ve all been there. Once long long ago in a Universe far far away….

Hoppy Easter!

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Easter holiday picture of two women in Easter Bonnets seated on lawn with Kodak sign. 1917. George Eastmans House Collection. (USPD., artist life/

1917 Easter holiday picture of two women who could have been targeted customers of these postcards. Showing off their Easter bonnets. Maybe this was a modern family photo event…not a marketing commercial? Yet, the one in the flower hat looks pretty stern. Is that the Holy Book she’s holding? Did she wave it at people? Did the photographer duck…or chicken out? (George Eastmans House Collection/USPD/


  1. Kate Crimmins / Apr 4 2021 7:24 am

    Awww patent leather shoes. A real harbinger of spring. I remember the first year bone came out as a color. I had to have them in bone. My mother who was a frugal person allowed me that luxury feeding my insatiable shoe addiction.

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  2. disperser / Apr 4 2021 7:58 am

    Apparently, nothing says “we are saved!” as naked women chicks.

    I seems to remember similarly themed cards from when I was younger (not the naked woman; just chicks). Or maybe it was just some farm advertisement.

    Thanks, and hope you’re having a nice weekend as well.

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  3. Littlesundog / Apr 4 2021 10:19 am

    As a wildlife rehabber, I can tell you I’m generally horrified that people think buying Easter chicks for the grandkids is a good idea. Most of these babies end up with a horrific life, and dead before they’re a month old. Yet every year we see farm stores advertising chicks, ducklings, goslings and bunnies for Easter.

    On a happier note, I did love my childhood Easters. I loved dresses, and always got a new dress for the Easter pageant at church, and then to my Dad’s folks for a huge noon meal. After was the grand Easter egg hunt. Those were good times for sure. I hope you and yours and all of the hairy kids are having a fabulous weekend!!

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  4. sustainabilitea / Apr 4 2021 10:46 am

    Thank goodness you have chickens and eggs, not rabbits. Whoever say “Which came first, the rabbitt or the egg?” 🙂 Happy Easter!


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  5. Pied Type / Apr 4 2021 11:55 am

    Mine were black patent Mary Janes. Don’t recall the socks. But the gloves! I had an entire drawer full of short white cotton gloves. Each pair with different detailing. The ones with the little pearl button at the wrist. Or the little embroidered flower. Or the eyelet cutout. Etc. Etc.

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  6. pensitivity101 / Apr 4 2021 12:16 pm

    These are wonderful illustrations. I had a pair of red patent shoes and lived in them.

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  7. The Coastal Crone / Apr 4 2021 12:34 pm

    Love these vintage Easter chicks and your explanation/dialogue for them – especially the CDC group! Too funny – go free range indeed! I always had a hat for Easter as did my mother. Those ladies in the photo do not look happy. Have a great weekend! Beautiful day here fit for anything.

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  8. cindy knoke / Apr 4 2021 1:17 pm

    🐇🐰🥚 Happy Easter!

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  9. marina kanavaki / Apr 4 2021 1:37 pm

    A very Hoppy Easter to you my friend! We have to wait for ours for almost a month, so I hope you don’t mind if I keep your cards a while longer! 😉

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  10. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Apr 4 2021 2:25 pm

    Apart from the stern lady (maybe she was thinking about having to wash her skirt & hoping the grass didn’t stain?) these Easter cards were pleasant! Not a dead robin anywhere 🤭 Remembering the requisite outside Easter photo on the way to church, threats to stay clean, etc., then here came the happy dogs to see us…. you can guess the rest! Happy Easter 🐣

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  11. Curt Mekemson / Apr 4 2021 4:34 pm

    Ut-oh, somebody in the card with the chicks and frog is going to croak. Happy Easter, Karen. –Curt

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  12. shoreacres / Apr 4 2021 6:43 pm

    We shared it all — the gloves, the hats, the net veils, the patent leather shoes. Christmas was great, but Easter was a great big dress up party, and besides — it was warm! Your chicks are wonderful. There were cards for every taste. Some of them are truly creepy; you know the ones I mean. No matter. You have the good taste to post GOOD cards: sweet, funny, and just ambiguous enough to let adults roll their eyes!

    Happy Easter!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 5 2021 6:51 am

      That magazine image was real. There was always one hat wearer that out did everyone ( and you didn’t want to sit behind her. Actually we spent few Easters in town once I was about 5 or so. Dad said we’d “leave the pews available for people who only came on holidays” – and we went to the family farm. (which I lobbied for: no scratchy clothes or siting still.)Although we did go to a couple of small town/rural Easter services. In one small white frame church they gave out cardboard fans on a wooden stick with pastel Jesus on one side and a Bible verse on the other. (Mom said we could not fan frantically…it was not that hot) And once we attended A Methodist service at Brushy Creek Arbor ( ) which has no walls. That made it a very special service – somehow, to a kid, it seemed more religion than the church in the frame building nearby, if you know what I mean.
      Old cards are such fun – as you say there’s something for everyone…but geesch, some of them. Thanks for sending a comment with spring in its’ step


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