13 April 2014 09:15 | By Maureen O'Hare
10 vintage Easter bonnets

When Easter bonnets were a serious business



Five-year-old Sharon Mottram, 1968 (© REX/Peter Pittilla / Associated Newspapers)
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  • Five-year-old Sharon Mottram, 1968 (© REX/Peter Pittilla / Associated Newspapers)
  • Morecambe, England, 1959 (© REX/P Howard / Daily Mail)
  • Easter bonnet parade (© Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images)
  • Sacramento, California, 1956 (© REX/Peter Howard / Associated Newspapers)
  • South Dakota, USA, 1956 (© REX/Bill Howard / Library)
  • Morecambe, England, 1961 (© REX/Daily Mail)
  • Woman wearing an Easter bonnet - 1953 (© REX/D Thorpe / Daily Mail)
  • Belle Vue Easter Bonnet Contest in Manchester, England (© REX/Barry Greenwood / Daily Mail)
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The Easter bonnet tradition originated from church-goers showing off their new spring finery at Easter celebrations. By the mid-20th century, novelty Easter bonnet parades were all the rage, and people took their hat creativity very seriously - as in this 1968 picture of five-year-old Sharon Mottram at a parade in Manchester, England. Click or scroll through for more crazy vintage bonnets.

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