A little girl covered in chocolate as she tackles an Easter egg. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 17th March 1938

Orphans from Castlebar Nursery School in Sydenham who have been evacuated to Mersham-le-Hatch near Ashford in Kent celebrate Easter whilst awaiting adoption. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images). 23rd March 1940

A woman wearing a rabbit outfit is writing “Easter Greetings” on a large easter egg. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images). Circa 1937

The head chef at the Savoy restaurant with an easter egg he made containing jewels worth £7000 and complete with a chocolate jewel casket. The egg was made for a wealthy South African staying at the Savoy Hotel, who wanted it as a surprise for his wife. (Photo by Firmin/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 15th April 1924

Four cooks show off their enormous Easter Eggs. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). March 1923

One of the baby bears at Whipsnade Zoo wrestles with part of an Easter Egg and a mass of netting in which he has caught himself. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). 4th April 1938

A baby with a kiss-curl unwrapping a chocolate Easter egg. (Photo by Richards/Fox Photos/Getty Images). 28th March 1937

A group of children and their dog playing an Easter game in Cardiff. The game involves trying to eat an Easter egg off a piece of string without using their hands. (Photo by Richards/Fox Photos/Getty Images). 26th March 1937

A giant Easter egg, being carried to Middlesex Hospital. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). Circa 1931

A giant Easter egg, weighing 60lbs and standing 3 feet high. The egg was raffled for the benefit of the Middlesex Hospital. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). Circa 1929

A man carrying a giant Easter egg down Regent Street, London. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 13th April 1927

Actress Dorothy Ward takes a ride on an Easter Egg. Well known as a Variety star and principal boy in over 30 pantomimes. (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images). Circa 1925

Schoolgirls sit in the sunshine painting Easter Eggs in Tolna County, Hungary. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1950

A little girl holds an Easter bunny on a leash, during a hunt for the easter eggs scattered in the grass. (Photo by George Pickow/Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1955

British comedian, Ken Dodd outside the London Palladium, where the giant egg he is using to promote his Easter show has attracted the attention of a traffic warden. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images). 14th April 1965

A young girl with an egg she has decorated as a rabbit for Easter. (Photo by Al Barry/Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1955

A child at the Easter breakfast table finds the traditional bread bunny , or “Pass Haasje”, holding a hard boiled egg. (Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1955

A little boy finds it hard to contain his excitement at a giant Easter egg display in a sweet shop on London's Regent Street. (Photo by Monty Fresco/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images). 22nd March 1952
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