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Easter Collection

Before you bite the ears off your chocolate bunny, tune in and hear how your favorite old time radio stars celebrate Easter.

29 old time radio show recordings
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"Easter Show on Fibber McGee & Molly"



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Crazy Easter Party

Hop into your bunny suit and boil some eggs for breakfast, because this collection is sure to put you in an Easterly mood. Find eggs hidden in drain pipes with wackster Mel Blanc, get some dye on your new trousers when you decorate eggs with Miss Brooks and Molly, and watch the downtown Easter Parade with Jack Benny. Whatever you do, don't open Fibber's closet full of eggs!

Old Easter BunnyMost religious holidays celebrate an aspect or feature of the faith they represent, but the Christian Faith is pretty much summed up by the celebration of Easter. At Christianity’s most basic level, Christians believe that Jesus Christ was persecuted, put to death on a cross, sealed in a tomb, and rose from the dead two days later. Non-Christians can appreciate Easter as a celebration of the coming of springtime.

Apart from its somewhat depressing subject matter, Easter is a difficult holiday because it is a moveable feast. This does not mean that we eat at several different people’s houses like a progressive Thanksgiving dinner. Moveable feast refers to the fact that Easter falls on a different day each year. It is always on a Sunday, of course, but how do they determine which Sunday?

According to the dictates of the First Council of Nicaea, there are two important rules for determining the date of Easter. One is that Easter is celebrated on the same day around the world, and the other is that the date is not determined in accordance with the Hebrew calendar (the Jews are largely cast the bad guys in the Easter story, which sets aside the fact that Jesus, the star of the drama, was himself a Jew).

Easter is celebrated about the same time as the Jewish Passover (the Feast is part of the Easter story), but since the dates are determined separately, the Jewish and the Christian holidays do not always have the same calendar relationship. Easter is usually the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox, but even this has been disputed over the centuries.

One of the important symbols of Easter has always been the Easter Egg. Eggs are an important symbol of fertility for obvious reasons, but they also resemble a sealed tomb which new life bursts forth from. Decorating eggs is a common practice in many cultures, there were golden representations of ostrich eggs buried with Egyptian pharaohs because they symbolized the renewal of life. Easter Eggs were originally dyed red to represent the blood of Christ at the crucifixion.

How did it become so important for the eggs to be hard-boiled before they could be considered Easter Eggs? There is actually a very practical reason for that. Easter is preceded by the season of Lent. Lent begins forty days before Easter on Ash Wednesday (the day before Ash Wednesday is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras in French). The Lenten season is a time of sacrifice and atonement, and many Christians believe that they should give up rich foods during this time, including eggs. Unfortunately, hens do not observe Lent and continue laying eggs like they do the rest of the year. Rather than allow this valuable food source to be wasted, the eggs are boiled for Easter Eggs so that they can be enjoyed later.

It is actually a pretty small transition from hard-boiled eggs to chocolate eggs or colored plastic eggs filled with candy or prizes.
In many ways, the Easter Bunny is analogous to St. Nicholas at Christmas. It is the Easter Bunny’s job to distribute the Easter Eggs, presents, and candy on Easter morning. The rabbit with is large clutch of kits born in the springtime is another nearly universal symbol of fertility. In medieval times it was believed that rabbits and hares were hermaphroditic, and could produce young without the need to breed, and thereby could produce a “virgin birth”, further shoring up their reputation as a Christian symbol.

Once chocolatiers developed the art of molding chocolate Easter Eggs, it only needed a small refinement of the art to create chocolate Bunnies. And as any over-sugared toddler can tell you, the ears are the tastiest part of any Chocolate Easter Bunny.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    29 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 11 hours, 30 min
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      29 shows - total playtime 11 hours 30 minutes
      1. aa450330 Easter Hat.mp3
      2. Burkiss 41 Eric Pode of Croydon's Easter Special.mp3
      3. BurnsAllen 480325 EasterProgram.mp3
      4. Comic Weekly Man 510325 Easter.mp3
      5. fm480323 Molly's Easter Dress Creation.mp3
      6. fm540416 Dying Twelve Dozen Easter Eggs.mp3
      7. GG430425 Easter Rabbits.mp3
      8. GG520409 Easter Show.mp3
      9. GG530401 Sunrise Easter Service.mp3
      10. JB380417 At Circus Easter Show.mp3
      11. JB490417 Easter Parade.mp3
      12. JB500430 Easter Show.mp3
      13. JB520413 Jack and Mary Walk in Easter Parade.mp3
      14. JB540418 Easter Parade.mp3
      15. JB550410 Easter Stroll.mp3
      16. Riley 480327 GIANT EASTER BUNNY.MP3
      17. Mel Blanc 470408 Easter Egg Hunt.mp3
      18. MSA Old Tales New 510316 Smallest Angel Easter.mp3
      19. MSA Old Tales New 512603 Lumpy's Easter By Alice Rice.mp3
      20. MSA Old Tales New How The Easter Lilies Were Chosen.mp3
      21. MSA Old Tales New The Blue Easter Bunny.mp3
      22. My Favorite Husband 510324 124 Iris Liz's Easter.mp3
      23. OMB 500409 Dyeing Easter Eggs.mp3
      24. Ozzie Harriet 490417 E29 Easter Sunrise Services.mp3
      25. Ph500409 The Easter Bunny.mp3
      26. QuietPlease 490417 e096 Shadow Of The Wings.mp3
      27. Easter Parade.mp3
      28. Peter Cottontail.mp3
      29. TSP 034 Easter Story.mp3
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    29 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 11 hours, 30 min
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      29 shows - total playtime 11 hours 30 minutes
      1. aa450330 Easter Hat.mp3
      2. Burkiss 41 Eric Pode of Croydon's Easter Special.mp3
      3. BurnsAllen 480325 EasterProgram.mp3
      4. Comic Weekly Man 510325 Easter.mp3
      5. fm480323 Molly's Easter Dress Creation.mp3
      6. fm540416 Dying Twelve Dozen Easter Eggs.mp3
      7. GG430425 Easter Rabbits.mp3
      8. GG520409 Easter Show.mp3
      9. GG530401 Sunrise Easter Service.mp3
      10. JB380417 At Circus Easter Show.mp3
      11. JB490417 Easter Parade.mp3
      12. JB500430 Easter Show.mp3
      13. JB520413 Jack and Mary Walk in Easter Parade.mp3
      14. JB540418 Easter Parade.mp3
      15. JB550410 Easter Stroll.mp3
      16. Riley 480327 GIANT EASTER BUNNY.MP3
      17. Mel Blanc 470408 Easter Egg Hunt.mp3
      18. MSA Old Tales New 510316 Smallest Angel Easter.mp3
      19. MSA Old Tales New 512603 Lumpy's Easter By Alice Rice.mp3
      20. MSA Old Tales New How The Easter Lilies Were Chosen.mp3
      21. MSA Old Tales New The Blue Easter Bunny.mp3
      22. My Favorite Husband 510324 124 Iris Liz's Easter.mp3
      23. OMB 500409 Dyeing Easter Eggs.mp3
      24. Ozzie Harriet 490417 E29 Easter Sunrise Services.mp3
      25. Ph500409 The Easter Bunny.mp3
      26. QuietPlease 490417 e096 Shadow Of The Wings.mp3
      27. Easter Parade.mp3
      28. Peter Cottontail.mp3
      29. TSP 034 Easter Story.mp3
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    29 recordings on 12 Audio CDs
    total playtime 11 hours, 30 min

    Disc A001

    1. Burkiss 41 Eric Pode of Croydon's Easter Special
    2. MSA Old Tales New 512603 Lumpy's Easter By Alice Rice
    3. MSA Old Tales New How The Easter Lilies Were Chosen
    4. MSA Old Tales New The Blue Easter Bunny

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    Disc A002

    1. Easter Parade
    2. Peter Cottontail
    3. TSP 034 Easter Story
    4. JB380417 At Circus Easter Show

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    Disc A003

    1. GG430425 Easter Rabbits
    2. aa450330 Easter Hat

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    Disc A004

    1. Mel Blanc 470408 Easter Egg Hunt
    2. fm480323 Molly's Easter Dress Creation

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    Disc A005

    1. BurnsAllen 480325 EasterProgram
    2. Riley 480327 GIANT EASTER BUNNY

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    Disc A006

    1. JB490417 Easter Parade
    2. Ozzie Harriet 490417 E29 Easter Sunrise Services

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    Disc A007

    1. QuietPlease 490417 e096 Shadow Of The Wings
    2. OMB 500409 Dyeing Easter Eggs

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    Disc A008

    1. Ph500409 The Easter Bunny
    2. JB500430 Easter Show

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    Disc A009

    1. MSA Old Tales New 510316 Smallest Angel Easter
    2. My Favorite Husband 510324 124 Iris Liz's Easter

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    Disc A010

    1. Comic Weekly Man 510325 Easter
    2. GG520409 Easter Show

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    Disc A011

    1. JB520413 Jack and Mary Walk in Easter Parade
    2. GG530401 Sunrise Easter Service

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    Disc A012

    1. fm540416 Dying Twelve Dozen Easter Eggs
    2. JB540418 Easter Parade
    3. JB550410 Easter Stroll

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